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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.
Jodi Kantor: Are we talking solely corporate misuse of power?
Rebecca Corbett: No. We’re talking all workplaces where sexual harassment might happen. Also, let’s look for the enablers. Fox kept O’Reilly on for quite some time after our story broke.
Colleague #1: And for decades before that.
Colleague #2: The network only ousted him when the advertisers jumped ship.
Rebecca Corbett: Let’s interrogate the whole system. Why is sexual harassment so pervasive, and so hard to address?
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: We’re looking at extreme sexual harassment in the workplace. These young women walked into what they all had reason to believe were business meetings with a producer and employer. They were hopeful, they were expecting a serious conversation about their work, or a possible project. Instead, they say he met them with threats and sexual demands. They claim assault and rape. If that can happen to Hollywood actresses, who else is it happening to?
Woman #1: I can still see it, the hotel room, the floor plan.
Rowena Chiu: He kept trying to touch me. I asked him to leave me alone. I was young, scared.
Rowena Chiu: 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.
Laura Madden: [over phone, to Jodi] I have three daughters, and I don’t want them to ever accept abuse or bullying. I’ll do it. You can use anything I’ve said. I’ll go on the record.
Laura Madden: It was like he took my voice that day, just when I was about to start finding it.
Megan Twohey: This is all going to come out, Lenny. Publicly.
Dean Baquet: [to Jodi] Go write. It’s time to write.