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Sweet Girl (2021)

A man vows to bring justice to those responsible for his wife's death while protecting the only family he has left, his daughter.
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Incluvie Movie Reviews

August 25, 2021
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Sweet Girl's Mind-Boggling Twist Makes the Movie... Feminist

Spoilers ahead for Sweet Girl. The logline for Sweet Girl is, For the most part, this is true. Sweet Girl centers on Ray Cooper, a man consumed by revenge after big pharmaceutical company BioPrime shelves the life-saving medicine for his wife, who is dying of cancer. After she dies, Ray sets out to kill BioPrime’s CEO and ensure whoever had a hand in his wife’s death suffers. What follows is a years-long warpath during which multiple assassins try to kill him, the FBI gets involved, and his daughter Rachel -- the titular “Sweet Girl” -- is dragged along for the ride.  For the first two acts, this movie recycles the tired revenge trope: a dad/husband must avenge the death of his wife/daughter. It seems this film is yet another hypermasculine revenge flick. The central protagonist is a violent male who sets out to avenge his wife and protect his daughter, the former of which is fridged in the first ten minutes of the movie. This was frustrating to watch because of the way women are used only as props to bolster the male protagonist’s story. Amanda Cooper only exists to die and send Ray on his path toward vengeance. Rachel is only there to keep Ray human and give him someone to protect. Ray Cooper is a stagnant character, stuck in his ways and certainly heading for doom. As soon as he makes his first kill, you begin thinking that this can only end badly.  However, the third act twist changes everything: it turns out that, for most of the movie, Ray was truly Rachel. What!? Let’s back up. When the assassin showed up and stabbed both Ray and the VICE journalist, both of them died. The movie then timeskips to two years later. From this point on, every time Ray is onscreen, he is nothing more than a figment of Rachel’s imagination. Rachel, so overcome with trauma (and possibly suffering from other mental illnesses), assumes the form of her father in her mind in order to cope with his death. Now an orphan, she must take care of herself and imagines her father is the one seeking revenge, allowing her to remain the innocent child -- his "sweet girl" -- who needs to be taken care of, just like how her life used to be. 
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A man vows to bring justice to those responsible for his wife's death while protecting the only family he has left, his daughter.

Genre:Action, Thriller, Drama
Directed By:Brian Andrew Mendoza
Written By:Philip Eisner, Will Staples, Gregg Hurwitz
In Theaters:8/20/2021
Box Office:

Runtime:110 minutes
Studio:Pride of Gypsies, ASAP Entertainment, On the Roam



Brian Andrew Mendoza



Jason Momoa

Ray Cooper


Isabela Merced

Rachel Cooper


Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

Amo Santos


Amy Brenneman

Diana Morgan


Adria Arjona

Amanda Cooper


Milena Rivero

Rachel 11 Y / O


Justin Bartha

Simon Keeley


Raza Jaffrey

Vinod Shah


Lex Scott Davis

FBI Agent Sarah Meeker


Michael Raymond-James

FBI Agent John Rothman


Dominic Fumusa

Sam Walker