The Beatles once sang, “She said, I know what it’s like to be dead.”
Now the makers of “She Said” know what it’s like to be dead at the box office. The film, about the New York Times investigation into the Harvey Weinstein sex scandals, is DOA. It made $150,000 last night in preview.
Our Leah Sydney gave it a very positive review, and all of the reviews are very good. Carey Mulligan is said to be terrific, as is Patricia Clarkson.
But “She Said” is like “Bombshell,” Roger Ailes’ sex crimes movie. Outside of a small media group, there’s no audience for this kind of stuff on the big screen. Universal would be smart to just “Bombshell” had a big star like Nicole Kidman and even that didn’t help.
Nor is it “Spotlight” or “All the President’s Men,” other award-winning hits about reporters following a story. The stories followed by these films dealt with important issues that affected many people – the Catholic Church. the whole country, etc. The victims in “She Said” are niche at best. There isn’t much concern over what Weinstein has done, except among women and his financiers.
“She Said” will receive a few acting accolades, but that’s it.