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"I Told You to Shut Up Once Already...With My Mouth"


Now there's a sexist, spouse abusing line for you.

John Hawkes as the fearsome and mysterious teardrop says it to his wife after she speaks up in an effort to give J-Law helpful information about a place to go to trace her missing pa.

"Shut up!" Teardrop says to the woman, and when she keeps at it, his tougher line:

"I told you to shut up once already...with my mouth."

The implication is clear. The next "shut up" will be with his hand or fist.

And when J-LAW keeps pushing him, he grabs her face brutally...without hitting her.

Thus is "Teardrop" established. Backwoods. Mean. Abusive to women -- or at least threatening to be.

And yet, as "Winters Bone" unfurls, Teardrop slowly edges into heroism on behalf of his under-siege niece.

Its a great role for John Hawkes.

With one of the most politically incorrect lines in movie history.

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Its an outrageous early moment. I guess he thinks he's being polite...at least WARNING his wife that his next discipline will be physical if she does it again.

But the weird thing is, in this very tough and raw movie about very tough and raw (impoverished, meth-taking, quick-to-fight and kill) people , this character has the potential to become a better man. Maybe.

I don't personally recommend movies because my cup of tea may not be yours, but I liked this movie very much. And this particular character goes in interesting directions.

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Sounds fair to me. Thanks for checking in!

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John Hawkes is brilliant. So underrated. He is a character actor’s character actor. So authentic in every role. He stood out to me way back when in The Perfect Storm.

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Definitely underrated. He played off of Olyphant, McShane, and Malcomson so well in Deadwood. With each of them, a slightly different man, but the core of who Sol was never wavered.

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Later in the film I thought it was all an act that his wife was in on, to put Ree off from asking more questions, thus keeping her alive.

Notice after the threat the wife goes into the bedroom to ask again and you can hear Teardrop being nicer.

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Later in the film I thought it was all an act that his wife was in on, to put Ree off from asking more questions, thus keeping her alive.

Notice after the threat the wife goes into the bedroom to ask again and you can hear Teardrop being nicer.

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Hmm. Interesting points. I haven't seen the movie in awhile and I only saw it twice, so I may have missed that "nuance." I can certainly agree with that as a possible reality because Teardrop ends up demonstrating heroism later on.

Again..interesting. Thanks. But: that line certainly has a nastiness all its own when applied to domestic abuse in general.

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Oh i totally agree the line was awful, i hated him as soon as he said it.

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Do you really think that the type of people depicted in this movie are concerned about domestic abuse? It's just part of their culture.

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