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Starring: Gabriel LaBelle, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Judd Hirsch, Jeannie Berlin, Julia Butters, Robin Bartlett, Keeley Karsten
Coming-of-age drama directed and co-written by Steven Spielberg. The Fabelmans (2022) centers on aspiring filmmaker Sammy Fabelman (Gabriel LaBelle) growing up in post-World War II era Arizona, who discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth about each other and ourselves.
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.
Mitzi Fabelman: Movies are dreams that you never forget.
Burt Fabelman: The lights change how everything looks. It’s hard to find our house.
Young Sammy Fabelman: Ours is the dark house with no lights.
Mitzi Fabelman: Sammy, we’re going to use Daddy’s camera to film it. Only crash the train once, okay? Then after we get the film developed, you can watch it crash over and over until it’s not so scary anymore. And your real train will never get broken. One more thing, darling. Let’s not tell your father. It’ll be our secret movie, just yours and mine. Okay?
Younger Sammy Fabelman: Okay.
Mitzi Fabelman: [to young Sammy] What was your favorite part?
Mitzi Fabelman: In this family it’s the scientists versus the artists. Sammy’s on my team, takes after me.
Sammy’s Friend: [to Sammy] What kind of movie are we going to make?
Mitzi Fabelman: [to Burt, referring to Sammy] You dismiss what he does that’s playful or imaginative. But you could afford to be a little encouraging.
Uncle Boris: [referring to Mitzi] She should have been that concert piano player. What she’s got in her heart is what you got.
Burt Fabelman: You can’t just love something. You also have to take care of it.
Burt Fabelman: You spent half the time on algebra that you spend on these movies…
Sammy Fabelman: I hate algebra. I want to make movies though!
Monica Sherwood: [referring to the posters on her wall] It’s a lot, huh?
Sammy Fabelman: It’s sort of a shrine almost. Shrine to guys. Lots of guys.
Monica Sherwood: They’re sexy.
Sammy Fabelman: [as he looks at her Jesus statue] I guess. I mean, not Jesus.
Monica Sherwood: Jesus is sexy.
Sammy Fabelman: Isn’t that like a sin, or something?
Monica Sherwood: I don’t know. He came to us as a man. A handsome young man. He could have come as a girl. Or an old man. Or someone with leprosy. But…
Sammy Fabelman: Well, nobody knows what he really looked like.
Monica Sherwood: Probably he looked like you.
Sammy Fabelman: Oh. Because he was…
Monica Sherwood: Jewish. A handsome Jewish boy. Just like you.
Natalie Fabelman: Mom got a monkey!
Sammy Fabelman: Why did you get a monkey?
Mitzi Fabelman: Because I needed a laugh.
Sammy Fabelman: Do you always have to be the center of attention?
Reggie Fabelman: Stop shouting at her!
Mitzi Fabelman: There has been nothing but disrespect from you! I’m your mother!
Uncle Boris: Family, art, life! It will tear you in two.
Burt Fabelman: I want you to make a camping trip movie. You can learn how the editing machine works while you do this. It’ll make your mom feel better.
Sammy Fabelman: Yeah.
Burt Fabelman: That last night, when she danced in the headlights… That’d be great. Get to it tomorrow, okay?
Sammy Fabelman: Tomorrow is when we start shooting. Escape to Nowhere. We’re shooting all weekend, Dad. I can’t…
Burt Fabelman: Shoot it this weekend.
Sammy Fabelman: We’ve got like forty guys coming to be in the movie. I’ll work on all the camping trip stuff on Monday.
Burt Fabelman: I’m asking you to do this now for your mom.
Sammy Fabelman: Yeah, and I said that I will. Just not like tomorrow.
Burt Fabelman: Don’t be selfish. She just lost her mother. That’s more important than your hobby.
Sammy Fabelman: Dad, can you stop calling it a hobby.
Burt Fabelman: It’ll cheer her up watching this. It’s something we can do.
Sammy Fabelman: Her mom just died. How is that going to cheer her up?
Burt Fabelman: Because you made it for her.
Bennie Loewy: [to Sammy] I’d be him. That’s what guys like Burt are figuring out how to use what he’s made. They’re going to change the whole goddamn world. So this was the right decision, for all sorts of reasons.
Bennie Loewy: [to Sammy] Yeah, so I’m happy for you. You know I am. But I’m going to miss you. All of you, a lot. You think whatever bad things you want to about me, kiddo. But you stop making movies, it’ll break your mother’s heart. You will break her hear, I mean it. She doesn’t deserve that, not from anybody, least of all from you.
Sammy Fabelman: I don’t know what to do anymore.
Mitzi Fabelman: You do what your heart says you have to.