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Starring: Lily Collins, Jesse Plemons, Jason Segel, Omar Leyva
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Netflix thriller directed by Charlie McDowell. Windfall (2022) centers on a young wealthy couple (Lily Collins and Jesse Plemons) who arrive at their vacation home only to find it’s being robbed.
Wife: [as they enter the house] I forgot how gorgeous this place is. I mean, look how good this looks.
Nobody: I need you to sit down on the couch. I’m not f***ing around.
CEO: Okay. But how about you let go of my wife first?
Nobody: I’ll let her go when you sit on the couch! This isn’t a negotiation. Sit down.
CEO: Can I help you with something? Money? Is that what you want? Let me make that happen for you. You don’t want to hurt anyone, right? You’re not the kind of guy that would hurt someone.
Nobody: You already know what kind of guy I am? Is that right?
CEO: That’s not what I’m saying.
CEO: Were you on staff? Is that what this is?
Nobody: Not everybody works for you.
Nobody: I’m going to ask you a question. You’re going to tell me the truth. Is there a gun in this house?
CEO: [to the thief] So, between my Rolex, the money you found in the office, and that, I’d say you had a pretty successful morning over at my house, huh? Anything else is going to be too big to carry or too easy to trace. So that’s it.
Nobody: I heard everything you said. I’m not going to leave you guys here to do whatever you want the second I walk out the door.
Wife: You walk out thar door, we forget you exist. End of story.
CEO: So, what is the plan here?
Nobody: The plan here is for you to shut the f*** up. Go. Straight.
CEO: That’s not really a plan.
CEO: [as the thief locks them in the sauna] I moved f***ing mountains to change my schedule for her! Okay? And then you f***ing showed up.
Wife: For us.
Wife: For us.
CEO: For us! Yes, that’s what I said. For us! Which I did gladly so we could have a little f***ing alone time! Okay?
Nobody: Enjoy the alone time then.
Nobody: Everyone’s an idiot to you, huh?
CEO: No, not everyone.
Nobody: You lied to me.
CEO: I’m not lying. We have no security cameras on our property.
Nobody: Really? Just like there’s no gun?
CEO: How about we establish some ground rules on that gun?
Nobody: Meaning what?
CEO: Meaning, I have no idea how much you’ve used, or been around guns. But if you’re going to be pointing it at one of us, you can point at me. Okay?
Nobody: I haven’t pointed it at anybody yet.
Wife: We still all, all three of us, we have to find a way through this. So it comes down to how much, and how soon. So, how much?
Nobody: To what? To disappear? Start a new life? Looks like that’s what it’s going to take. So, you know, a hundred fifty thousand dollars.
Nobody: A hundred fifty thousand.
CEO: You think that’s enough?
Wife: Yeah, I think you’re probably going to want more than that.
CEO: If you were looking for any reasonable quality of life, yes, that’s right.
Nobody: You know what? Something tells me that maybe you and I have some very different pictures of quality of life.
CEO: Oh, most definitely we do.
Wife: Double it then. Three hundred thousand.
CEO: Babe. Where was this cutthroat negotiator when we were doing our prenups?
Nobody: [after the thief’s asked for three million] Excuse me. Aren’t you worth several billion dollars now, or something?
CEO: Whatever I’m rumored to be worth, which is actually much more, that still doesn’t mean that I can just pick up a little red phone, and withdraw however much money whenever I want. That’s not the way it works.
CEO: I’m the only one here that has actually been inside a room with over a million dollars in it. Now, there are certain limitations to that kind of money. Not only the amount, but how much does that money weigh? How much can I physically carry? Do you have any idea how much three million dollars weighs?
Wife: How much?
CEO: Well, I don’t know the actual weight. That’s not the point.
CEO: So why me? I mean, other than the obvious reason. Why did you target my house?
Nobody: I think the less we know about each other, the better, don’t you?
CEO: Have you ever called someone for a quick emergency delivery of five hundred K?
Nobody: [sarcastically] Yes. Just last week I did.
CEO: Okay. Look, I can get you the money. It will, however, require a little f***ing finesse.
Wife: [as they’re waiting for the money to arrive] What, are we supposed to make small talk?
Nobody: Well, I mean, you guys could talk to each other. Or is that not something you’re used to doing?
CEO: Not at gunpoint, no.
Nobody: Him, I’ve read plenty about. But you, I mean, you’re a mystery. So why don’t you start?
Wife: My favorite color is black.
Nobody: I can tell.
Nobody: You were his assistant.
Wife: No. Not his assistant. An assistant. The route most people take. Unless, of course, you’ve made a fortune, or rob people in their homes.
Nobody: Or work for your husband.
Wife: I work with him.
CEO: Did I, or one of my companies, do something to harm, or offend you, personally in some way? It really feels like you hate me. I don’t f***ing get it. How can people be so mad at me? It’s like f***ing being mad at a f***ing clock. If you’re mad at a clock, that’s really on you. It’s not about the clock.
CEO: I’m supposed to apologize for writing an algorithm, that was inevitable, and that saves companies, and enriches the lives of hundreds of employees? Did I say something funny?
Nobody: Yeah. Hearing you talk about enriching people’s lives is funny to me.
CEO: If anything, I’m helping people find a new career path that’s more sustainable.
But you, however, you are here for the sole purpose of enriching yourself.
Nobody: You know what, you have no idea what I’m here for, or even if that money is just for me. It’s meaningless to you, anyway. Money that could change any other person’s life.
CEO: I just doubt you’re going to give it all to the poor.
CEO: [to his wife] We don’t know this guy. We don’t know what he intends to do once he gets the money. So, you need to get close to him. Do whatever it takes. Okay? Do whatever it takes. That’s it. You can do it.
Wife: It’s going to be a long night.
Wife: Followed by a very long day.
Wife: [referring to the CEO] And the only man I know who could fall asleep during his own kidnapping. I guess it’s one of those “if you don’t laugh, you cry” moments, huh?
Wife: Your life is going to be very different after tomorrow.
Nobody: My life became very different the second you two walked through the front door. I was almost gone too. I was leaving. I couldn’t help myself.