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Starring: Jason Momoa, Isabela Merced, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Raza Jaffrey, Adria Arjona, Justin Bartha, Lex Scott Davis
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Netflix action thriller directed by Brian Andrew Mendoza. Sweet Girl (2021) follows devoted family man Ray Cooper (Jason Momoa), who vows justice against the pharmaceutical company responsible for pulling a potentially life saving drug from the market just before his wife (Adria Arjona) dies from cancer. But when his search for the truth leads to a deadly encounter that puts Ray and his daughter, Rachel (Isabela Merced), in harm’s way, Ray’s mission turns into a quest for vengeance in order to protect the only family he has left.
Our Favorite Quotes:
Amanda Cooper: What you looking at, man?
Ray Cooper: I’m looking at you, woman.
Ray Cooper: [referring to Rachel] The pain has brought us closer together. And watching her grow has been to find myself again. But sometimes I wonder, are these my memories, or are they hers?
Ray Cooper: [as he’s teaching Rachel to fight] There are no rules in a fight. People do not…
Rachel Cooper: Fight fair!
Ray Cooper: How do you win an unfair fight?
Rachel Cooper: You always fight harder.
Ray Cooper: Parents and their children. Where do we stop, and they begin?
Ray Cooper: [after finding out about the life saving drug for Amanda] Did you do this? You did, didn’t you?
Rachel Cooper: Did what?
Ray Cooper: This was your birthday wish, wasn’t it? I love you.
Simon Keeley: I’m here because BioPrime is committed to healing the world. And if you look at the numbers, that is exactly what we’re doing.
Diana Morgan: That is not what you are doing.
Ray Cooper: [to Keeley] My wife is dying in a hospital because you pulled Spero off the market.
Diana Morgan: Paying competitors to shelve generic brands of drugs? That is immoral, Mr. Keeley.
Simon Keeley: Believe it or not, BioPrime is dedicated to saving lives.
Ray Cooper: Saving lives? You’re geared towards making a profit. We’ve already refinanced our house. I’ve taken every double shift that I can get. You’ve already taken everything from me!
Simon Keeley: Ray, the sad reality is that cancer is still very often a death sentence. In the short term, what would we give? What is the cost of spending just a little bit more time with a loved one? A year? A month? A day? It’s impossible to put a price on.
Ray Cooper: If my wife dies, it’s your death sentence. I will hunt you down, and kill you with my bare hands.
Rachel Cooper: [referring to the hospital bill] Just put it at the bottom of the pile.
Ray Cooper: We can’t ignore it.
Rachel Cooper: Sure you can. We voted for universal health care. Just tell them we’re taking a political stance.
Ray Cooper: [over phone] What do you want?
Martin Bennett: I can help you get justice for what happened to your wife.
Ray Cooper: No, you can’t. I’ve been down that road.
Martin Bennett: I have proof that crimes have been committed. Crimes that can land some very powerful people in jail.
Ray Cooper: Sit there and finish that homework.
Rachel Cooper: That’s not fair.
Ray Cooper: Life’s not fair.
Martin Bennett: I have enough to bring public concern against BioPrime, but I do not have enough to take them down. That’s why I need you, your story. Look, just think about it. Look, “Local family gets ravaged by Big Pharma’s greed.” You got to help me, Ray. Family, human interest. That’s what grabs headlines. We can blow this thing wide open. We can take down BioPrime. We can bring Simon Keeley to his knees.
[just then Bennett gets stabbed and Ray confronts the hitman and is also stabbed]
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Rachel Cooper: I had a dream last night. About that trip we took with mom in the woods. My memory’s kind of fading of her. I don’t know. It’s like I’m losing these tiny pieces of her every day, and I don’t know. I miss her. I miss our family.
Ray Cooper: Me too. I miss her too.
Rachel Cooper: What are you planning to do?
Ray Cooper: I just need to make sense of this. I need to know.
Rachel Cooper: Just leave it alone, okay? They already investigated, and they didn’t find anything. Or the guy who tried to kill you. It just was a dead-end conspiracy.
Ray Cooper: I don’t believe that. You don’t believe that. I need to try.
Ray Cooper: You were warned. If anything happened to her, I would hunt you down. All made her suffer, but she died because of you.
Simon Keeley: I didn’t kill anyone, you psycho f***. Cancer did.
Simon Keeley: [to Ray] You have no idea what you’re getting into.
Rachel Cooper: Dad? You’re hurt.
Ray Cooper: I’m fine. I need you to pack up. Only what we need.
Rachel Cooper: When are we coming back?
Ray Cooper: We’re not.
Rachel Cooper: [referring to Keeley] Is that his blood?
Ray Cooper: I had no choice. He had a gun.
Rachel Cooper: I told you not to do this. People are going to come after us, aren’t they?
Ray Cooper: I don’t know. But we need to go.
Ray Cooper: It’s a long drive to Toronto on these back roads. Especially if we’re not talking. You going to come sit up here?
Rachel Cooper: [referring to her stuffed bunny] Talk to Paloma.
Rachel Cooper: [over phone] Simon Keeley’s death was an accident. It was self-defense.
FBI Agent Sarah Meeker: How do you know that? Who is this?
Rachel Cooper: I’m going to tell you everything that happened. If you want a crime, look at what Keeley did. How many cancer patients died because of him? Thousands? More?
Rachel Cooper: My dad doesn’t know I’m doing this. He’s a good man. He just needs help.
FBI Agent Sarah Meeker: Do you need help?
Rachel Cooper: I’m fine. But I know you think he’s guilty. You’ve all made up your minds. But you’re wrong. He’s a good, honest man. And I need him. He’s all I got.
Rachel Cooper: [to Ray] Look, I know you’ve always taught me to do the right thing, okay? But we’re here because of you.
Ray Cooper: Rae, I don’t think I can make it to Toronto. You know those men were sent to kill us. I had no choice.
Rachel Cooper: I just hate this.
Rachel Cooper: If they found us at the motel, they’ll find us anywhere.
Ray Cooper: It’s going to be okay, Rae. I’m going to keep you safe.
Rachel Cooper: They’re coming to hurt you.
Ray Cooper: That’s why I need to stop this. It needs to finish.
Ray Cooper: [referring to the gun] It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. We need protection.
Ray Cooper: Okay, so all the values you taught me growing up are out the window?
Rachel Cooper: [referring to Ray] Look, I’ve been trying to stop him, but I can’t.
FBI Agent Sarah Meeker: Listen to me. You are in control.
Rachel Cooper: But I’m not. I’m really not.
FBI Agent Sarah Meeker: You are in control.
Rachel Cooper: Stop saying that.
FBI Agent Sarah Meeker: You are in control. You are Rachel Cooper. Say your name.
Rachel Cooper: Rachel Cooper.
Rachel Cooper: I’m not leaving you.
Ray Cooper: This isn’t a debate.
Rachel Cooper: You can’t do this without me.
Ray Cooper: I am not putting you in danger, Rae. This conversation’s over. Get out of the car.
Rachel Cooper: Promise you’ll be back. Promise.
Ray Cooper: I’ll be back.
Rachel Cooper: Pinky swear.
Ray Cooper: I said, I promise.
Rachel Cooper: [to Ray] As long as we’re together, we’re still a family. Okay? So if you can’t promise me that we’ll be together, then I’m coming with you.
Vinod Shah: There’s nowhere to go. We can get to anyone.
Vinod Shah: Pretty soon, some very powerful people are going to be looking for a little girl who lost both her parents.
Rachel Cooper: Daddy!
Ray Cooper: I know there’s others. Who are they?
Vinod Shah: You don’t have what it takes.
Ray Cooper: [to Rachel] Why can’t you just listen? You should’ve stayed in the car. You shouldn’t have followed me to the subway.
Ray Cooper: [to Rachel] If anything goes wrong, you tell them everything.
Amos Santos: Shah didn’t hire me. My contract is to take out anyone who can implicate my employer.
Ray Cooper: Who else are you hunting?
Amos Santos: Only the one sitting next to me.
Amos Santos: [after revealing his village got slaughtered by rebels] Now, you got to understand, I was just a kid. Know that, in such pain, with such rage that for years, I hunted them one by one.
Ray Cooper: Then you understand.
Amos Santos: I do. You see, what I’ve learned in that process is that there will always be an opposing force. No amount of revenge can change that. So you see, in this case, you are my village, and I am the opposing force.
Ray Cooper: [to Santos] Well, there’s three ways this goes down. One, I tell those cops who we are, and this gets real ugly for both of us. Two, I walk out the front door, spend the rest of my life hiding in the four corners of this earth, and neither of us get what we want. Or three, you tell me who hired you. We both know I’m going to go after them. And when I do, you can try to take another shot at me. This way, at least one of us gets what we want.
Amos Santos: You’ve killed a few men, but their deaths are still fresh in your eyes. You’re a dilettante in my world.
Ray Cooper: I never set out to kill anyone. Not like you.
Amos Santos: You are not innocent. You knew going after powerful people was a dangerous business. You jumped. I’m just the pavement closing in.
FBI Agent Sarah Meeker: Does the idea of Rachel Cooper being dragged through all of this bother you, at all?
FBI Agent John Rothman: Every case we work has me worried about my kids, one way or another.
FBI Agent Sarah Meeker: I keep thinking about her. I mean, how’s a kid supposed to get past all that she’s seen? I feel like I need to protect her somehow.
FBI Agent Sarah Meeker: It wasn’t right what happened to you. I understand that. Look, no one is going to hurt you. It’s me. I’m here to help. Okay?
Ray Cooper: I don’t know you.
FBI Agent Sarah Meeker: Yes, you do. We’ve been talking. No. Paloma. You told me your stuffed bunny’s name was Paloma. Remember?
Ray Cooper: It wasn’t supposed to be like this.
FBI Agent Sarah Meeker: Your father was a good man. You are not him.
[we then see Ray is actually Rachel, and Ray died from Santos’s stab wound]
FBI Agent Sarah Meeker: [referring to Ray] He shouldn’t have been killed. Come on, just say your name. Just say your name!
Rachel Cooper: Rachel Cooper.
[she then jumps off the building]
Rachel Cooper: I’m scared. I feel like the whole world’s gone crazy. Or maybe it’s just me. I’m tired. Nobody cares about stopping them. Besides me. Will I ever get to see you and mom again?
Ray Cooper: We’re with you now.
Ray Cooper: Where did you get this?
Rachel Cooper: It’s mom’s.
Ray Cooper: Actually, it’s mine. I took your mom to a Steelers game shortly after we met, and it was freezing, and I gave her my jacket. And she never gave it back.
Rachel Cooper: Well, now it’s my turn to steal it from her.
Ray Cooper: [Rachel hears Ray’s voice as Santos is strangling her] Come on, baby. Get up. Get up, sweet girl.
Rachel Cooper: Calling the FBI. And when they get here, you’re going to tell them everything you did with BioPrime.
Diana Morgan: Go ahead. Or better yet, let me. I think the FBI is looking for you, Rachel.
Diana Morgan: You bring the FBI here, and who do you think they’re going to arrest? The crazy girl who killed five men? Or me?
Rachel Cooper: No. We never meant to hurt anyone.
Diana Morgan: I understand, and I can help you. I think I’m the only one who can. I can make this nightmare end.
Rachel Cooper: Shut up!
Diana Morgan: I took the bribe. I ordered the hit. You don’t understand anything. You’re so young. The candidate with the most money wins. That’s how it works.
Rachel Cooper: Was it worth it? Was it worth it?
FBI Agent Sarah Meeker: She kills Keeley and runs. Tries to escape, but something, or someone drove her back here, despite knowing she might be caught.
FBI Agent John Rothman: Yeah, but she got her revenge. Why come back?
Ray Cooper: [after Rachel sends her recorded message with Morgan’s confession to Meeker] The past is like a dream. A mosaic of images and feelings that offers some truth about how we got here. Even if details have blurred with time. Parents and their children. Where do we stop…
Rachel Cooper: And they begin?