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Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tobias Menzies, Michaela Watkins, Arian Moayed, Amber Tamblyn, David Cross, Jeannie Berlin
A24 comedy drama written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. You Hurt My Feelings (2023) centers on Beth (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), an author, struggling with a lack of self-confidence, whose longstanding marriage with unsuccessful therapist, Don (Tobias Menzies), is suddenly upended when she overhears him giving his honest reaction to her latest book.
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Beth: What kind of story were you thinking about, Hal?
Hal: Something in a prison.
Beth: Oh. Alright. And what about a prison interests you?
Beth: For sure.
Don: Happy anniversary.
Beth: We’re so lucky.
Georgia: [to Beth, referring to her book] And your last one, it should’ve done better.
Sylvia: There’s lots of new voices. Refugees, cancer, murder, abuse.
Beth: I’m an old voice.
Don: You’re the best voice.
Beth: Maybe if dad hadn’t just been verbally abusive it would’ve been a bestseller.
Georgia: Don’t say that!
Don: [to Beth] Your memoir is great. Your new book is great.
Mark: How are you?
Don: I’m feeling a little off my game.
Jonathan: [therapy session] The only reason she makes me a salad is because she wants me to lose weight, which is passive aggressive.
Carolyn: No. I want you to be healthy.
Jonathan: It doesn’t matter.
Carolyn: Can you shut up and keep talking?
Jonathan: Don, you want to intervene here? We can do this at home.
Carolyn: Leave him alone. He looks tired.
Don: I’m aging.
Beth: What are you nuts?
Don: You get Botox.
Beth: Well, I just get a little bit right here. You know, I can still move my eyebrows. Watch. Watch.
Don: So expressive.
Mark: [as Beth overhears Don talking to Mark] Can you say anything?
Don: No, I can’t. It feels too late.
Beth: [after she hears Don talking about her book] Oh, my God.
Sarah: Wait. Beth!
Beth: I think I’m going to throw up.
Sarah: Oh, God. Wait. Wait! God, right here?
Beth: No, I don’t think I can. I can’t.
Don: If I did say that, you took it out of context.
Beth: Are you going to gaslight me now?
Don: I love you.
Beth: Oh, okay. Well then nevermind.
Don: I wasn’t lying. I was encouraging.
Beth: That’s not true. You were lying to be encouraging.
Don: [to Beth] This whole world is falling apart, and this is what’s consuming you?
Beth: And I did some things that are good. I mean, I won that thing for that piece in the Atlantic.
Sarah: That was really good.
Beth: [referring to Don] And all the articles, and all the essays. You know? I mean, he probably thinks it’s just crazy that I even teach. You know? Oh, God. What about my memoir? He probably thinks it’s bad. Oh, my God. This whole time.
Sarah: It’s about you. How could he think that?
Beth: How could he possibly respect me?
Sarah: Of course he respects you.
Beth: No. Not if he doesn’t like my work. You know that.
Beth: [referring to Don] He’s probably been lying to me this whole time.
Sarah: No. There’s just no way.
Beth: He’s a liar. What a p**ck too, you know? That he doesn’t think I could take it. Like that alone is so insulting.
Sarah: Beth, he loves you. Even if he doesn’t like your book.
Beth: I just need his approval. Of all people.
Sarah: Well, let me read it.
Beth: It’s okay. You don’t read.
Sarah: Am I in it?
Sarah: You know what? Like Mark isn’t always great. Okay? I mean, as an actor. It kind of depends on the role.
Beth: Why are you whispering? Is he hiding under the couch?
Sarah: I’m just saying, he’s not always good. You know? And I think that’s kind of the same thing.
Beth: But sometimes you think he’s good?
Sarah: Yeah, definitely.
Beth: So the times when you don’t think he’s good, what do you say to him?
Sarah: That he’s good.
Beth: Well, what if he found out that you were lying?
Sarah: He’d croak.
Beth: Well, I want to croak.
Sarah: [after his show] You were so fantastic.
Eliot: Mom, you’re always expecting the best from me.
Beth: You’re welcome?
Beth: I just need to do something meaningful. What you do is kind of meaningful.
Sarah: To who?
Beth: No one.