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Starring: Julianne Moore, Sebastian Stan, Justice Smith, Briana Middleton, John Lithgow
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Apple TV+ and A24 neo-noir thriller directed by Benjamin Caron. Sharper (2023) is set amongst New York City’s bedrooms, barrooms and boardrooms, where no one is who they seem as characters compete for riches and power in a high stakes game of ambition, greed, lust, and jealousy.
Our Favorite Quotes:'We're all human. We're just doing the best we can.' - Madeline (Sharper) Click To Tweet
Tom: [after he meets Sandra] There’s actually this little Japanese restaurant on Mott Street. If you’re not doing anything later, dinner’s on me.
Tom: No. You probably have a boyfriend.
Sandra: No, I don’t. I’m single. I’m single. And I kind of like being single.
Sandra: Must be nice being surrounded by books all day.
Tom: It’s the best.
Sandra: Have you ever had your heart broken?
Tom: Yeah. Once or twice.
Sandra: [to Tom] He’s the only family I got. “All happy families are alike.” And all that. No matter how many times he screws me over, I can’t not help him. He’s my brother. I love him.
Tom: I live with my dad and his new wife. And my dad and I don’t really get along. He thinks I’m a disappointment. “All happy families are alike.” And all that, right?
Sandra: [to Tom] But you’re not a disappointment.
Sandra: You’re saying you have that money just sitting in a bank?
Tom: Yeah. More. Yeah. My father has money.
Sandra: Why is this the first time I’m hearing about this?
Tom: Why does that matter? Maybe I didn’t want you to know.
Sandra: [after Tom offers to pay her the money she needs for her brother] I appreciate the offer. I really do. But let’s face it, we’re practically strangers.
Tom: First of all, it’s not my money. It’s my father’s money. And it’s not like he earned it in some noble way. He has a hedge fund. And second of all, f*** you for saying we’re strangers. You are the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
[after which he gives her the money and she disappears from his life]
Max: [after we see Sandra’s a drug addict and an ex-convict] You can sleep there. Or you can leave.
Sandra: And what happens if I stay?
Max: You work for me.
Max: [to Sandra] We’re going to give people the impression that you’re somebody that you’re not. And when I’m done with you, it’s going to be a hundred percent convincing. We’re going to teach you a little about everything. So that you can lie about anything.
Sandra: Am I the first?
Max: First what?
Sandra: First girl you’ve done this with?
Sandra: Why did you pick me?
Max: I saw something in you.
Max: [to Sandra] You figured it out. You’re a natural. Right? You were quick. You stayed cool. You improvised. That’s what we do.
Max: [to Sandra] You can’t cheat an honest man. Right? That’s why we never feel sorry for the mark.
'All happy families are alike. But each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.' - Sandra (Sharper) Click To Tweet
Richard Hobbes: [after Max turns up in Madeline’s life] It’s up to him to do better. He’s an adult.
Madeline: No, he isn’t. And that’s my fault. He’s always been my little Max. And he can’t swim without me.
Richard Hobbes: All night, all I could think about was being alone with you.
Madeline: You’re alone with me now.
Richard Hobbes: [as Tipsy is arresting Max] I’m going to pay you for your time.
‘Tipsy’ Detective Collins: I can’t do that. No. I’m sorry.
Richard Hobbes: Take the f***ing money, Detective.
Madeline: Stop. He’s not a cop.
Madeline: [to Richard] This is what Max does. He plays these little confidence games. That’s what this is, isn’t it? This is one of your games, right?
'Don't ever tell anyone anything, or you'll miss them forever.' - Sandra (Sharper) Click To Tweet
Madeline: I gave you everything, you know. You had every advantage. You didn’t want for anything, and this is what you do to me? You humiliate me in front of him?
Max: It’s just a little…
Madeline: [after she slaps Max] I want you to leave. I don’t want you here anymore.
Richard Hobbes: All that work for one thousand dollars. Let me give you a piece of advice, Max. If you’re going to steal, steal a lot.
Max: [after we see that him and Madeline are lovers, referring to Richard] I don’t like the way you look at him.
Madeline: Oh, come on.
Max: You like him a little bit.
Madeline: Of course I like him. He’s a billionaire.
Max: That’s not what I’m talking about.
Max: Maybe I don’t want to do this anymore.
Madeline: Why not? Don’t be jealous. You know I don’t like old men. You know what I like.
Madeline: Tell me what I like.
Max: You like me.
Madeline: I like you. Why do I like you?
Max: Because I get you what you want.
Madeline: So, get me what I want.
'You can't cheat an honest man.' - Max (Sharper) Click To Tweet
Max: I wanted to apologize about last night. It was inappropriate.
Richard Hobbes: That’s a hell of an understatement.
Richard Hobbes: [referring to Tom] That was my son. I always assumed he would inherit all this. Then his mother died and he didn’t take it well. He doesn’t have the fortitude to work here. He’s weak.
Richard Hobbes: [referring to Tom] Now he wants to open a bookstore.
Max: Not exactly a sound investment.
Richard Hobbes: No. But I’m going to give it to him anyway. You know why, Max? Because we only get one life. And I will not be my son’s jailer for his brief time on earth.
Richard Hobbes: I want you to be honest with yourself, Max. If I were to hire you to work for me, how do you think it would end?
Max: Not well.
Richard Hobbes: I agree.
'Let me give you a piece of advice. If you're going to steal, steal a lot.' - Richard Hobbes (Sharper) Click To Tweet
Max: [after Richard offers him a monthly income] You want me gone.
Richard Hobbes: You cause your mother anguish, Max. And I will not have it.
Max: So, what am I then? A bad investment?
Richard Hobbes: I didn’t get where I am making bad investments.
Max: Is that what I’m worth, Richard? Sixty thousand dollars a month?
Richard Hobbes: I’m offering you an opportunity.
Max: [to Richard] I want cash up-front. Get me the cash, and you get my mom all to yourself. I’ll be gone. You won’t even hear from me. Not even a f***ing postcard.
‘Tipsy’ Detective Collins: [after Richard pays off Max] It was a beautiful con though, right?
Max: You can thank Madeline for that.
Madeline: Do you love me?