Starring: Glenn Close, Amy Adams, Gabriel Basso, Haley Bennett, Freida Pinto, Bo Hopkins, Owen Asztalos
Netflix drama directed by Ron Howard. Based on the true story of JD Vance (Gabriel Basso), a Yale Law student who is forced to return to his hometown after a family crisis, and must navigate the complex dynamics of his Appalachian family, including his volatile relationship with his mother, Bev (Amy Adams), who’s struggling with addiction. Fueled by memories of his grandmother, Mamaw (Glenn Close), the resilient and whip-smart woman who raised him, JD comes to embrace his family’s indelible imprint on his own personal journey.
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We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now here’s a small selection.
Bev: I told you that I would do better.
Young JD: You always say that! You’re lying!
Bev: And I always try!
Mawmaw: You got to think about these kids.
Bev: What do you think I’ve been thinking about since I was eighteen years-old, huh? Never had a life where I wasn’t thinking about the kids.
Young JD: [to Mawmaw] You let her get away with this every time.
Mawmaw: [to young JD] You know, I thought your mama was going to be alright, be happy. I know I could have done better. But you, you got to decide you want to be somebody or not.
Bev: I’ve been doing real good. I just had a down month.
JD Vance: I got an interview tomorrow, mom. Otherwise, I’d…
Bev: No. Oh, you know me. I always land on my feet.
Mawmaw: You’ve always got a reason! But it’s always someone else’s fault! At some point, you’re going to have to take responsibility.
Bev: Or what?
Mawmaw: Or someone else is going to have to step in!
Bev: Who, huh?! Who? You?!
[as she’s watching Terminator 2]
Mawmaw: “Hasta la vista, baby.”
Young JD: How many times have you seen this?
Mawmaw: Oh, about a hundred.
Mawmaw: Everyone in this world is one of three kinds. Good terminator, a bad terminator, and neutral.
Young JD: You’re a good terminator.
Mawmaw: Well, I wasn’t always. I had to learn. You could too.
JD Vance: Do you actually want to be dead, mom? Or are you just too lazy try?
Bev: Oh, I tried! Plenty.
Bev: [to young JD] I love you. I promise that I’m going to do better.
Mawmaw: [to young JD] Hear me. You got a right to your own life.
Mawmaw: [to young JD] Family’s the only thing that means a goddamn. You’ll learn that.
Lindsay: Don’t make us your excuse, JD.
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