Starring: Richard Jenkins, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, Amy Schumer, Jayne Houdyshell, June Squibb
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.
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Brigid: Dad, you won’t get any reception up here. You need to lean up against the window.
[as Eric leans closer to the window]
Brigid: Yeah, but no. Lean in! Smush your body up… There you go.
Aimee: Dad. Woh. Come back to Earth.
Erik Blake: Sorry.
Erik Blake: To the Blake family Thanksgiving.
Deirdre Blake: To the very special Chinatown edition of the Blake family Thanksgiving!
Brigid: Here, here.
Richard: I keep seeing these ads for that zombie show on TV. It’s awful. I can’t believe people want to watch that kind of stuff at night. There’s enough going on in the real world to give me the creeps.
Aimee: Great, thank you.
Erik Blake: So, are you balancing a job with all your studies?
Richard: The main reason I’m not done with school yet is because I was depressed for a bit. I’m fine now.
Erik Blake: In our family, we don’t have that kind of depression.
Deirdre Blake: No, we just have a lot of stoic sadness.
Brigid: Can’t you hire someone to…
Deirdre Blake: [referring to Momo] Costs a hundred bucks a night to hire someone to make sure she doesn’t fall.
Erik Blake: Hey. Okay.
Deirdre Blake: No. She needs to think before she opens her mouth!
Erik Blake: Don’t you think it should cost less to be alive?
Richard: There’s this comic book I was obsessed with as a kid. It’s about this species of half-alien, half-demon creatures. In the scary stories that they tell each other are all about us, humans.
Brigid: Mom, I didn’t mean it!
Deirdre Blake: I know you think there’s something wrong with me. It’s not a news-flash.
Brigid: I think there’s something wrong with everyone! Please don’t act like a martyr when I’m trying to apologize!
Erik Blake: You’ll find someone new. You’re going to come out of this stronger. I promise.
Aimee: Stop lying to me! Just, stop. Don’t actually stop.
Deirdre Blake: [referring to Brigid] Everything I say makes her…
Erik Blake: Yeah. Who does she remind you of?
Deirdre Blake: You.
Erik Blake: Me?
Deirdre Blake: You. Yes you, my friend.
Aimee: I love that in times like this I have a home base, a family I can always come home to.
Erik Blake: To knowing this is what matters, right here. Because everything anyone’s got, no matter who you are, everything you have goes.
Deirdre Blake: Well, that’s the positive way of looking at things.
Aimee: Wow. Do that at a funeral, dad.