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The Most Memorable Quotes From 'The Farewell'

Updated July 18, 2019 6.3k views17 items

If you've seen the movie, this is your opportunity to vote for the best The Farewell quotes. The screenplay has been praised by critics, so you will have a lot of options from which to choose. It contains some funny lines, but also some touching bits of dialogue.

Writer/director Lulu Wang based the story on an actual situation from her life. Awkwafina, who rose to stardom in Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians, plays Billi. Her beloved grandmother Nai Nai has been given a terminal cancer diagnosis but doesn't know it. The rest of the family makes the decision to not tell her. Instead, they arrange for a splashy wedding so that everyone can see Nai Nai one last time before she passes. Billi is the only member of the group not on board with this plan. She struggles to decide whether it's the right thing to do.

The Farewell premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it immediately made a huge splash. A24 snapped up the distribution rights for a reported $7 million. Reviews have been universally positive. As of mid-July, the movie has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Vote up the most memorable The Farewell quotes from the list below, regardless of which character says them. 

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  • 5

    In The Bedroom

    In The Bedroom
    Photo: A24

    Nai Nai: Makes me wonder what they do in the bedroom when I'm not here. 

  • 6

    The Family Thinks It's Better

    The Family Thinks It's Better
    Photo: A24

    Haiyan: She doesn't know, so you can't say anything. The family thinks it's better not to tell her.

  • 7

    Life

    Life
    Photo: A24

    Nai Nai: Life is not just about what you do. It's more about how you do it.

  • 8

    He Speaks English

    He Speaks English
    Photo: A24

    (Billi and Doctor Song discuss Nai Nai's illness)

    Nai Nai: What are you guys talking about? 

    Billie: He studied in England, so he speaks English.