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.
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Amanda Cooper: What you looking at, man?
Ray Cooper: I’m looking at you, woman.
Ray Cooper: As the years pass, we realize we are nothing more than the experiences that made us.
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]
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.