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Before You Know It (2019)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 30 August 2019 (USA)
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A pair of sisters find out that the mother they thought was dead is alive and starring on a soap opera.

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Hannah Pearl Utt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannah Pearl Utt ... Rachel Gurner
Ayden Mayeri ... Celia
Oona Yaffe ... Dodge Gurner
Jen Tullock ... Jackie Gurner
Mandy Patinkin ... Mel Gurner
Ruibo Qian ... Pregnant Lady
Alec Baldwin ... Peter
Stephanie Berry Stephanie Berry ... Siri
Mason Alexander Park ... Montgomery Theater Fellow #1
Jorja Brown Jorja Brown ... Montgomery Theater Fellow #2
Ben Becher ... Lawyer
Mike Colter ... Charles
Preston Christopher Lawrence ... Male Security Guard
Linda Arroz ... Rhonda
Mary Bolt ... Megan (2nd AD)
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A pair of sisters find out that the mother they thought was dead is alive and starring on a soap opera.

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Family and other embarrassments

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,086, 1 September 2019

Gross USA:

$151,507

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,507
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family from the inside
28 August 2019 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. The world of cinema has been slow to evolve, but these days we are getting more projects with women telling stories about women ... and this one from director Hannah Pearl Utt, who co-wrote the script with Jen Tullock does it pretty well. Both also star in the film, and casting themselves proves very effective at delivering the message. I saw it earlier this year at the Dallas International Film Festival.

"Stage Manager" (and writer) Rachel (Ms. Utt) and actress Jackie (Ms. Tullock) are sisters who live a kind of bohemian lifestyle above a community theatre with their playwright dad (Mandy Patinkin) and Jackie's 12 year old daughter Dodge (Oona Yaffe). There are daily struggles with this family. Money is always scarce. Dodge is growing up fast. Jackie and Rachel have very few career options, and Dad is a stubborn man who had one successful play and many that were, umm, not so successful.

An unexpected development has the grown sisters accidentally discovering their mother is not deceased (as they had lived most of their lives believing), but rather a famous soap opera actress (a terrific Judith Light). The rest of the story has this broken family trying to connect, while overcoming the assumptions that had been made based on a family history created by trying to protect kids from the truth.

Humor is injected to help soften some of the more emotional and dramatic moments, and there is a sense that the story-telling of Woody Allen films was an influence ... plus there's a visual near the end that evokes memories of MANHATTAN. Supporting work is provided by Mike Colter ("Luke Cage"), Alec Baldwin, Tim Daly, Peter Jacobson and newcomer Arica Himmel. The film also tosses in a hilarious 'caterer' line in regards to fashion, a singing Manny Patinkin, and most importantly, some terrific insight from two talented filmmakers.


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