Sharp Stick Movie (2022) Cast, Release Date, Story, Budget, Collection, Poster, Trailer, Review

Sharp Stick

July 29, 2022
1hr 32min
Status: released

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Sharp Stick Movie Details:

Country United States
Language English
Release dateJanuary 22, 2022 (Sundance)
July 29, 2022 (United States)
Running time1hr 32min
Age ratingR
StarringKristine Froseth
Jon Bernthal
Luka Sabbat
Scott Speedman
Lena Dunham
Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Taylour Paige
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Directed by Lena Dunham
Written byLena Dunham
Produced byLena Dunham
Michael P. Cohen
Kevin Turen
Katia Washington
Cinematography by Ashley Connor
Edited by Catrin Hedström
Music byLuis Felber
Matt Allchin
Production CompanyFilmNation Entertainment
Good Thing Going
Distributor Utopia

Sharp Stick Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Kristine Froseth as Sarah Jo
  • Jon Bernthal as Josh
  • Taylour Paige as Treina
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh as Marilyn
  • Lena Dunham as Heather
  • Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Yuli
  • Scott Speedman as Vance Leroy
  • Luka Sabbat as Arvin
  • Tommy Dorfman as Tali
  • Janicza Bravo as Mercedes


Sarah Jo is a naive 26-year-old living on the fringes of Hollywood with her mother and sister. She just longs to be seen. When she begins an affair with her older employer, she is thrust into education on sexuality, loss, and power.

Sharp Stick Movie Budget & Box Office Collection:

Worldwide Collection$68,598

About Sharp Stick Movie:

Sharp Stick is an American sex comedy film written, directed, and produced by Lena Dunham. It stars Kristine Froseth, Jon Bernthal, Luka Sabbat, Scott Speedman, Dunham, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Taylour Paige, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

In April 2020, Lena Dunham moved from London to Silver Lake, Los Angeles, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She passed the time watching several films from the 1970s, including Belle de Jour, A Woman Under the Influence, Remember My Name and An Unmarried Woman. The films, as well as the impact of a hysterectomy, motivated Dunham to write, direct, and star in Sharp Stick. “It was about processing my life. And then, obviously, it becomes about the characters — and not about you at all.” After receiving the script, Jon Bernthal and Jennifer Jason Leigh were immediately on board to star. Taylour Paige, however, was initially hesitant about joining the cast: “If I’m being honest. I was like, ‘Don’t you think this character was written as a white person?” Dunham convinced Paige to start by telling her that she had written the part with her in mind.

With an all-female production crew, filming took place in secret in Atwater Village and Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, in early 2021. According to lead actress Kristine Froseth, “There was a good energy all around. We had an amazing intimacy coordinator. Everything was choreographed — no surprises.”

In March 2021, the film was presented to buyers at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival. In August 2021, Tommy Dorfman was confirmed to star. Dunham’s husband Luis Felber composed the musical score.

The film premiered virtually at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival on January 22. In an interview, Dunham said “There are many greater tragedies than me not getting to see my movie premiere but I was so excited for my cast to get to see it together. We did it on such a small scale, and everyone brought everything to it. It was such a harkening back to how I started. But we’re planning a Zoom party. I guess people Zoomed into my wedding — and they’ll Zoom into my premiere.”

In February 2022, Utopia acquired the film’s distribution rights. It was released in theaters on July 29, 2022. It received mixed reviews from critics. It was released on VOD on August 16, 2022.