Before You Know It

Engrossing and entertaining... A strong debut that pushes the boundaries of what movies made from the female gaze can mean to audiences of all kinds.

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Before You Know It

Stage manager Rachel Gurner still lives in her childhood apartment—along with her off-kilter actress sister, Jackie; eccentric playwright father Mel; and deadpan preteen niece Dodge—above the tiny theatre they own and operate. Level-headed and turtleneck-wearing Rachel is the only thing standing between her family and utter chaos. Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, Rachel and Jackie learn their presumed-deceased mother is actually alive and thriving as a soap-opera star. Now the sisters’ already-precarious balance turns upside down, and Rachel must figure out how to liberate herself from this surreal imbroglio.

"A low-key charmer that promises great things from the pair." - Indiewire

"A surefooted debut that promises writing partners Utt and Tullock, who have previously collaborated on their web series “Disengaged” and the Sundance short “Partners,” are as dramatically competent as they are sweetly sardonic. If there’s any justice in the world of festivals, this will open a lot of doors for its creators, who have eccentric chops worthy of a place among indie comedy greats like Noël Wells, Jenny Slate, and Natasha Lyonne." - The Playlist
Genre
Comedy, Women and Film
Runtime
98
Language
English
Director
Hannah Pearl Utt
Writer(s)
Jen Tullock, Hannah Pearl Utt
Cast
Mandy Patinkin, Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock, Judith Light, Mike Colter, Alec Baldwin
FEATURED REVIEW
Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

“Before You Know It” is a refreshing comedy, and not just because of the laughs it provided within the programming it went up against at Sundance this year. Here’s a story that’s not afraid to be silly or tender when the moment calls upon it, while focusing on a hook that’s straight out of a studio ...

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