The New York Times journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor publish a report that exposes sexual abuse allegations against powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The shocking story also serves as a launching pad for the #MeToo movement, shattering decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault and harassment.
Director: Maria Schrader
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan, Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Morton, Ashley Judd
Release Date: November 18, 2022
Genre: Drama, History
Rated R for language and descriptions of sexual assault.
Runtime: 2h 15m
She Said is a smartly written and well acted journalistic thriller joining the ranks of Spotlight, The Post and All The President's Men. Maria Schrader's film has a focused immediacy to the proceedings which makes the film engaging even during some of it's dryer stretches. Its subject matter is well known so there aren't many surprises in store but it smartly focuses on the individual women's stories as the two reporters peel back the layers of the abuse. Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan carry the film with relative ease while giving their characters a solid amount of depth to make you care about their journey which becomes more personal as it goes along. Mulligan is a strong and forceful while Kazan is more demure but no less determined and motivated with the film perking up noticeably when they share the screen. Patricia Clarkson and Andre Braugher have small but important supporting roles as no nonsense editors. Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Morton and Ashley Judd have impactful scenes as victims recounting their experiences. Additionally, the film uses a real recording of Weinstein berating a victim to chilling effect. She Said is the type of film that's built on a series of conversations and its ability make it engaging with a predetermined finale is truly impressive.
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