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Starring: Richard Jenkins, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, Amy Schumer, Jayne Houdyshell, June Squibb
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
A24 drama written and directed by Stephen Karam based on his own play. The Humans (2021) follows the Blake family, Erik Blake (Richard Jenkins) has gathered three generations of his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the crumbling building, family tensions reach a boiling point, and the family’s deepest fears are laid bare.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Whatever gifts God's given us, in the end, no matter who you are, everything you have goes.' - Erik Blake (The Humans) Click To Tweet
Erik Blake: Have you complained about the noise?
Brigid: No, dad. She’s a seventy year-old Chinese woman, and I’m not going to…
Deirdre Blake: Well, Brigid, I’m sixty-one. Older people can still process information.
Erik Blake: You know, if you moved to Scranton, your quality of life would shoot up.
Brigid: If I moved to Scranton, your quality of life would shoot up tremendously.
Deirdre Blake: Oh, yeah? Don’t flatter yourself.
Aimee: What did you get us?
Brigid: You have to open it, Aimee. That’s how presents work. It’s how it usually works.
Erik Blake: I hate that you moved a few blocks from where two towers got blown up, and in a major flood zone. I hate that.
Brigid: This area is safe.
Erik Blake: Chinatown flooded during the last hurricane. It flooded.
Brigid: Yeah, that’s how I can afford to live here. It’s not like you gave me any money to help me out.
Brigid: I’m bartending most nights. You have no clue how much student debt I’m stuck with.
Erik Blake: Well, I do know someone who refused to go to a state school.
Brigid: Not funny.
Deirdre Blake: Score one for dad.
Aimee: How do I get Momo down there?
Brigid: What do you mean?
Aimee: Should I just dump her down the spiral staircase?
Erik Blake: I’ll tell, you, Rich, save your money now. Because I thought I’d be settled by my age. But man, it never ends. Mortgage, car payments, Internet. Our dishwasher just gave out.
Erik Blake: Don’t you think it should cost less to be alive?
Erik Blake: To the Blake family Thanksgiving.
Deirdre Blake: To the very special Chinatown edition of the Blake family Thanksgiving!
Aimee: Here, here.
Erik Blake: To knowing this is what matters, right her. Right here. Because let me tell you, coming down these streets, thinking about how far the Blakes have come, and even seeing that candle store was…
Brigid: It’s not a candle store. It’s a boutique that sells like one candle.
Erik Blake: Hey, I’m appreciating how you see rich people walking around New York. God knows where their money comes from. But end of the day, everything anyone’s got, I don’t care how many candles you have, one day it goes. Whatever gifts God’s given us, in the end, no matter who you are, everything you have goes.
Deirdre Blake: Well, that’s the positive way of looking at things.
Aimee: [referring to Erik’s toast speech] Yeah, wow. You should do that at a funeral.
Deirdre Blake: Right in Scranton, there’s a whole community of refugees from Bhutan. What? It’s not funny.
Brigid: Let me guess, Saint Deirdre is coming to their rescue?
Erik Blake: You have no idea.
Deirdre Blake: Be quiet. You have no idea, these people have nothing. They’re all just looking to learn English, to find work. We think we have nothing, but, man.
Deirdre Blake: [referring to her gift of Virgin Mary statue] Just keep it for my sake in the kitchen. Or even if you put it in a drawer somewhere, okay?
Brigid: Mom, I will absolutely put this in a drawer somewhere. Thank you.
'The horror stories for the monsters are about humans.' - Richard (The Humans) Click To Tweet
Richard: Have you seen the one where I think it’s called My Stepson, My Lover?
Deirdre Blake: Oh, that was a classic, Rich.
Brigid: No, mom. Please don’t be gross.
Deirdre Blake: [referring to Brigid] Anything I say makes her…
Erik Blake: Yeah. Who does she remind you of?
Deirdre Blake: You.
Erik Blake: Me?
Deirdre Blake: You.
Erik Blake: She’s all you, my friend.
Deirdre Blake: It’s you, my friend.
Erik Blake: Hey, listen, you’ll find someone new. Hey, I’m serious. You’re going to find someone.
Aimee: No. Not with history. Carol knew me with acne. She helped me with my law school application.
Erik Blake: You’re going to come out of this stronger, I promise.
Aimee: Oh, just stop, daddy. Just stop lying to me. Just Stop! Don’t actually stop. Keep saying things to me.
Deirdre Blake: [referring to Momo] Before we got her on these new meds, you could’ve put some of her worst outbursts in a horror flick.
Deirdre Blake: Seeing these ads for that zombie show on TV. I can’t believe people want to watch that kind of stuff at night. There’s always…
Brigid: Oh, she hates anything with blood or gore.
Deirdre Blake: Yeah, there’s enough going on in the real world to give me the creeps. I don’t need any more.
Richard: [referring to his Quasar comic book] It’s about this species of like half-alien, half-demon creatures with teeth on their backs.
Brigid: Oh, my God. Just call them monsters.
Richard: And on their planet, they like the scary stories that they tell each other are all about us. The horror stories for the monsters are about humans.
Richard: It’s always a man driving a stake through the heart of a vampire. Or if you’re a zombie, you eat people. But your biggest threat is what? Getting killed by some enterprising human, right?
Deirdre Blake: I get it, Rich.
Brigid: They’d be more scared by monster-eating monsters, or something, am I right?
Erik Blake: Monsters aren’t real, so it’s a weird thing to want to be right about.
Aimee: Should I ask the dinosaur upstairs to tread a little more softly?
Brigid: Not unless you speak Cantonese!
Brigid: [referring to Richard] But we were happy without making it so official. So, I don’t know.
Aimee: Yeah. Well, Carol and I broke up because we were unhappy. And now, maybe loving someone long-term is more about deciding whether to go through life unhappy alone, or unhappy with someone else?
'Right now, I'm feeling nothing about this life was worth getting so worked up about.' - Deirdre Blake (The Humans) Click To Tweet
Aimee: I’m okay. I’m mostly just like, how am I going to find another girlfriend?
Brigid: You’re a complete catch.
Aimee: Oh, God. I’m going to be pooing out of a hole in my abdomen. Who’s going to date me?
Aimee: Lots of people.
Brigid: Lot of ugly people.
Aimee: A lot of just troll ladies, who have their own troll problems, living under bridges.
Brigid: [to Aimee] If you s**t out your ears, if they rerouted your colon to your ears, I’d still marry you.
Brigid: There are literally three thousand double-A batteries in here.
Deirdre Blake: There are literally twelve.
Brigid: Just relax. It was an American cockroach. They’re huge. Don’t get so upset.
Deirdre Blake: A cockroach the size of a mouse is upsetting!
Deirdre Blake: [referring to Momo] Hey, if you want to come home more often, and help control her tantrums, then you can judge the way we care for her.
Brigid: I’m not trying to judge you. I just want… Can’t you hire someone to help you out?
Deirdre Blake: Costs a hundred bucks a night to hire someone to watch her. A hundred bucks to make sure she doesn’t fall and get hurt.
Erik Blake: Hey. Okay.
Deirdre Blake: No. she needs to think before she opens her mouth!