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“She Said” 2022 Movie Review

What’s The Synopsis

The story of She Said is based on both the New York Times investigation and the book about Harvey Weinstein. The book was written by investigative journalists Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan) and Jodi Kantor (Zoe Kazan). The two journalists set out to find the truth about what Weinstein was doing to women and what his company was trying to cover up. They struggled extensively to find women who would open up, share their stories, and go on the record. Their painstaking investigation eventually finds that there were over 80 women in the film industry that Weinstein sexually assaulted and/or harassed for a period of at least 30 years. Among these women were celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Judd. The first to go on the record would be Ashley Judd. As a result of their investigational article more women would come to speak up about their stories of abuse and harassment. As a result of Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor's investigation, the MeToo movement was kick-started. The investigators, authors, and brave survivors were role models for many women who subsequently came forward, confronted their abusers, and fought for justice.

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Do I Recommend

Yes. I highly recommend watching this film.

Why I recommend

She Said was an eye-opening experience to view. The story was a chilling one to hear and very much a shock. Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey wrote the explosive New York Times report on Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long abuse behind the scenes at Miramax and his very own company breaking Hollywood open and exposing a new generation of workplace abusers and perverts. And not just the men in Hollywood either. Making conditions for women horrifying to work in. These two journalists were creating, hopefully, some social shifts for good. It’s not a standard film about a journalist, but it is more about these two amazing women telling the story of the injustices of women and doing what they could to help.

What the movie did right

First things first the way the film handled the topic of sexual abuse and harassment was very seamless. The movie did not have to force the subject on you and make you cringe. The film still made you feel such intense and protective feelings of the hurt for the woman. I was happy to finally see this story come to life in the movies since it has not been done yet. The film was well-organized and engaging to watch. It made sure to give the women who have been abused some respect. The film was especially good at treating the topic with dignity. Even though the subject is particularly challenging to talk about, what I found in sitting there and watching the movie it felt like the film gave women a sense of power and purpose back but not in an obnoxious way that could have easily occurred. I have to admit I was thrilled to finally see this story come to life and see this get told in this beautiful way, even though their story is as tragic as it is. The film gave you a sense of justice by the end of the film. We can all be glad that Harvey Weinstein got what he deserved, and the women finally got the justice they needed. I am so happy this topic is still being addressed and talked about today, as there is still so much work to be done about sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace today. This film is a bright light during that dark period.

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Genera

Drama/Biography

Director

Maria Schrader

Producers

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Annapurna Pictures, Plan B Entertainment

Cast

Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan, Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Morton, Ashley Judd

© 2022 Barbara A Markland

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