Almost six years have passed since then The New York Times released its investigation into the sexual harassment and abuse allegations against the notorious film mogul Harvey Weinstein. It was a moment many in Hollywood had been waiting for, and the industry’s biggest open secret was exposed. It sparked the birth of a new movement against the rot of misogyny that permeated every aspect of our lives, culminating in Weinstein being charged with rape and sentenced to 23 years in prison. Of course it had to be filmed.
she said is based on the book of the same name by Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, the journalists who worked on this initial investigation. Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan play the women whose work helped uncover the true extent of Weinstein’s abuse. The first trailer dropped today Unorthodox and i am your man Director Maria Schrader behind the camera.
I am curious about this film. This is an extremely recent and well-documented story, an event that many of us have been watching in real time. I’d only been a professional pop culture writer for a few months when it happened, but I’d already heard so many stories and accusations against Weinstein that this article felt like some sort of long-awaited conclusion. The essential details of journalism can be turned into conventional entertainment. headlight did and won Best Picture for his efforts. So, from the looks of this trailer, I get what it’s about and why it’s selling like this.
But I can’t help but think of #Metoo and all the promises made after the post-Weinstein era. We were promised a seismic shift that would revolutionize gender parity. We were told this was a fresh start so women should believe and take seriously the sheer scale of sexual harassment and abuse. Honestly, aside from Weinstein being imprisoned, I don’t know what’s really changed. I think a hell of a lot of people, especially in Hollywood, were like, “Well, Harvey’s gone down, things are fine now!” As if Louis CK doesn’t win Grammys and breathe new life into anti-cancel culture. As if Brett Kavanaugh didn’t get a seat on the Supreme Court. As if the whole Johnny Depp mess hadn’t ever been turned into a TikTok referendum for all women.
she said is scheduled for release in November. That means it’ll likely play the big fall festivals and get an awards season. That means we’re going to be hearing a hell of a lot of PR about how the post-Weinstein world is different, and that we’re supporting that change by celebrating this film. This isn’t a hit on the movie that none of us have seen. It could very well be nuanced in a way that we desperately need. I just hope I don’t see it being announced by the same people that #metoo was originally developed for. A major Hollywood backlash that gets more traction than actual calls for institutional change would, frankly, be the most Hollywood thing ever.
As a reminder, this film is being produced by Brad Pitt, a man who was aware of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein in the ’90s when Gwyneth Paltrow told him about it, and he still chose to work with him even when he did knew Angelina Jolie had been on the receiving end of his harassment.
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