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Starring: Zoe Kazan, Carey Mulligan, Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Samantha Morton, Tom Pelphrey, Adam Shapiro, Jennifer Ehle, Peter Friedman
Drama directed by Maria Schrader. Based on a true story, She Said (2022) follows New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor (Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan), who together broke one of the most important stories in a generation, a story that help shatter decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood and altered American culture forever.
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.
Rebecca Corbett: Why is sexual harassment so pervasive and so hard to address? Let’s interrogate the whole system.
Jodi Kantor: [over phone] Hi, my name is Jodi Kantor. I’m an investigative reporter
for the New York Times.
Rebecca Corbett: What have you got?
Jodi Kantor: I was told that the wrongdoing in Hollywood is overwhelming.
Lisa Bloom: I don’t want to be quoted, period.
Jodi Kantor: Understood.
Jodi Kantor: [over phone] In your previous stories, how did you persuade women to tell you what had happened to them?
Megan Twohey: The case I made was, “I can’t change what happened to you in the past, but together we may be able to help protect other people.” The truth, basically.
Megan Twohey: What is it exactly that we’re looking at here?
Jodi Kantor: These young women, walked into what they all had reason to believe were business meetings. Instead, they say he met them with threats and sexual demands.
Woman #1: I can still see it, the hotel room, the floor plan.
Woman #2: He kept trying to touch me. I asked him to leave me alone. I was young, scared.
Woman #2: I was silenced. I want my voice back.
Jodi Kantor: Hi. We’re from the New York Times. I believe you used to work for Harvey Weinstein.
[the woman shuts the door in their face]
Zelda Perkins: People have tried to write this story before, and he kills it every time.
Zelda Perkins: He played people. He was a master manipulator.
Zelda Perkins: This is bigger than Weinstein. This is about the system protecting abusers.
Lawyer: Harvey adamantly denies any allegation of assault.
Jodi Kantor: Will you give me just one chance to talk to you?
Lance Maerov: [to Megan] Are you sure that this isn’t just young women who wanto sleep with a movie producer to try to get ahead?
Megan Twohey: The women who received these settlements, they can’t speak out. They’ll be sued if they do. But if someone could speak freely about the payouts.
Mrs. Schmidt: What payouts, John?
Dean Baquet: [to Jodi and Megan] You have to imagine that every call you make is being recorded and you’re being followed.
Jodi Kantor: Can you imagine how many Harveys there are out there?
Man: You want to get me killed?
Jodi Kantor: Do you wish you hadn’t signed up for this story?
Megan Twohey: Do you?
Jodi Kantor: No.
Megan Twohey: The only way these women are going to go on the record…
Jodi Kantor: Is if they all jump together.
Dean Baquet: [over phone] We’re all here, Harvey.
Harvey Weinstein: Who have you talked to?
Megan Twohey: This is all going to come out.
Woman #3: [over phone, to Jodi] I have three daughters, and I don’t want them to ever accept abuse or bullying. I’ll go on the record.
Dean Baquet: [to Jodi] Go write. It’s time to write.