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Before You Know It

Rated 14 Accompaniment

(Language May Offend, Mature Theme) 98 minutes

Dir: Hannah Pearl Utt, US, 2019
Judith Light, Mandy Patinkin, Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock, Alec Baldwin

“Before You Know It is a refreshing comedy... 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 comedy - two sisters who live above a theater with their father learn that their mother is not dead, she’s actually a famous soap opera star. Directed by Hannah Pearl Utt with a special feel for character and situational comedy, Before You Know It has little gems that keep it a vibrant picture. It boasts top-level on-screen in the acting talents of Utt and Jen Tullock as sisters Rachel and Jackie, respectively, as they touch upon the uniquely funny and painful moments of their situation: the loss of their father (Mandy Patinkin), but also the absurdity of getting to know their mother. With their on-screen emotional fortitude, and the movie’s ease, Before You Know It hums with the themes it’s most about - parenthood and responsibility. And it has a delightful performance from Patinkin, who is so delightfully nutty as Rachel and Jackie’s forever-theater-kid father.” - Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com