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Beth De Araujo
Beth De Aroujo
One of the wonderful things about the movies is that it allows us to escape from our troubles for a couple of hours. Maybe we see ourselves in the characters, the good, the bad, the indifferent. We’re entertained and then we treat ourselves and our families exactly like we want to be treated and the world is at peace again and DC makes a good movie and we avoid the Airbnb from Barbarian and just avoid Slayers altogether.
We can sit in our home or in a darkened theater and have a communal experience that brings society together as one.
There are movies like that.
Soft & Quiet is not one of those.
A trigger warning of sorts, but that might be spoiling it.
Soft Synopsis. Quiet Dragon.
Soft & Quiet opens with our friendly neighborhood kindergarten teacher Emily (Stephanie Estes). She’s just gotten some very bad news, but she has to keep it together because she’s at work. She’s running late to a meeting that she organized. From what we’ve gleaned it’s a group of women talking about issues that are important to them and this is (hopefully) the first of many.
People coming together. Community. It takes a village and all that.
But first Emily has to wait because there’s a little boy (Daniel Day-Lewis) on the sidewalk. His mom is running late. Emily sits by him just to make sure he’s safe. She also lets him read a kids’ book she’s been working on. She then gives him some very questionable advice concerning a janitor.
It’s odd but it’s probably nothing.
Moments later boy’s mom arrives and picks him up.
Emily’s going to the meeting again. She runs into a young woman Leslie (Olivia Luccardi) who’s also going. They’ve never met but they have a mutual friend. Leslie’s new to the area and she just wants to sell her clothes online, maybe meet a man but the pickings are slim. Emily says she knows more than a few available men. Emily’s even baked a pie.
People coming together. Community. We are the world.
The meeting is at a church. How nice.
Emily sees her friends that have gotten there already. There’s her friend Marjorie. And look, there’s Kim! It’s so nice to see Kim!
We’ll get into the introductions later but first let’s have a slice of that pie Emily so lovingly made for us. Emily uncovers the cherry pie.
And there’s a swastika carved into it.
Maybe we don’t really need to do introductions because these 7 conspicuously white ladies can all be named Karen.
Judging by what we hear of their conversations, you can bet that most if not all of these Karens have pleasured themselves to videos of the capitol insurrection.
These Karens say stuff like “multicultural warfare” and “All lives matter” with a straight face. They have their opinions on Asians (“They got us sick”) and black people (“*&$$*#”) and people of Hispanic descent (“$^#*$(@”) and people who just aren’t white (“$&#*$*”)
It’s clear we know what side of the very white bread they put butter on.
The pastor of the church overhears the Fox News anchors and throws them out or else he’ll call the police. Darn, and the meeting was just getting good.
The ladies have enough to get started on a newsletter and now have an idea of what they want the group to accomplish. How exciting.
Some of the girls have to go home. But Emily and the other MGTs want to keep the party going. They’re going to Emily’s house for more drinking and raising their right hand in a snappy motion. Fortunately one of the Karens has a convenience store so they can get more liquor, because that’s exactly what they need.
As the Karens get sauce and snacks, two other women walk in. They are not white. It doesn’t matter what race they are, “Not-white” is all it takes to get these Karens in a bloodthirsty frenzy. The non-white girls just want to buy some wine before they go home. Karen #4 refuses.
Other girls just want to leave, offer to buy the most expensive bottle of wine in the store. Emily makes sure they do ($300!). One of the girls recognize Emily. She knows Emily’s brother, who’s in jail. This triggers Emily and the Karens. They get into it before the Non-white girls finally leave.
That’s that and the movie ends happily.
Because they’re drunk and racist, Emily and the rest of the Karens think it’s a great idea to go to the girls’ house and “scare” them. Teach them a lesson.
This will go very well for everyone. Thanks Karens.
We’re all hoping that (black) dog is okay. Fingers crossed
What Works With Soft & Quiet
- Shot in “real-time”, writer/director Beth De Araujo masks any obvious editing to make it really feel we are watching a nightmare unfold on a moment-by-moment basis. You know it’s fiction, but you get the feeling this could really happen if you’re at the wrong place at the wrong time and the wrong color.
- If you or someone you know cried like a b*tch that The Lord of the Rings show wasn’t white enough, then you wouldn’t be watching this in the first place, but from the moment the pie revealed, the next 80 minutes are an adrenaline rush until the end credits. Think the final 20 minutes of Requiem for a Dream. The OD scene from Pulp Fiction. Rarely have you been so on edge.
- Who’s the scariest Karen? Leslie. Or Kim. Or Marjorie. Or Emily.
What Doesn’t Work With Soft & Quiet
- It’s anything but subtle. Those looking for nuance can just watch Black Adam again. Or not because it's got black in the title.
These Krazy Kooky Karens make Soft & Quiet the scariest movie of 2022. An outstanding debut by Beth De Araujo that I never want to see again.
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