Before You Know It

Before You Know It is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Hannah Pearl Utt. It was screened in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

The film Before You Know It centres on a dysfunctional and codependent family who are struggling to maintain the family business, a small community theatre in New York City. Patriarch Mel (Mandy Patinkin) is a failed playwright; his daughter Jackie (Jen Tullock) is a quirky actress stuck in perennial adolescence despite being mother to teenage daughter Dodge (Oona Yaffe); his daughter Rachel (Utt) is a business-minded lesbian whose attempts to be the responsible member of the family have made her something of a control freak.

After Mel self-sabotages a career opportunity that Rachel has lined up for him, her angry outburst causes him to have a fatal heart attack, which leads to the discovery that he had lied to her and Jackie for much of their lives about the identity and death of their mother; their real mother is in fact soap opera actress Sherrell (Judith Light), who has been left ownership of the theatre and the family home in Mel’s will.

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