Now You Know Reviews
Writer, director, and co-star Jeff Anderson is known for his work in Kevin Smith's films as Randall, and Anderson's friend, Smith, makes a cameo appearance in Now You Know. Their work is remarkably similar, focusing on aimless Jersey men and their woman troubles. But whereas Smith's dialogue is smart, sharp, witty, and rolls off the tongue with an ease that few writers can master, Anderson's dialogue seems more forced, and the jokes seem deliberately set up, as though the characters know the punchline and are working to get there. Where Anderson succeeds Smith is his direction. Anderson's shots are well-framed, and he even moves the camera, something Smith rarely resorts to.
Now You Know is incredibly predictable. We know the resolution of the film's conflict early in the second act, and the reveal of the father of Marty's child is telegraphed almost from the beginning of the film. There are a few clever reveals, like why Gil and Biscuit break into houses and re-arrange the furniture, but mostly, one knows what's going to happen long before the characters do. That said, there are moments that resonated with me, including the feeling of a relationship ending for no good reason and Gil's theory that married men aren't missing out on anything because the only reason to go out is to find the one they're going to marry.
Overall, Now You Know is similar to Smith's oeuvre, which is fine company to be in.
Waste of time, stupid etc etc don't bother...
I couldn't figure out what went wrong with the casting. I've seen most of the actors in other projects but here they seemed so wooden. Edie McClurg, Rashida Jones, and Heather Paige Kent made me wonder if they were reading cue cards. I was pleased to see Kevin Smith in a role where he had lines. I was impressed by Trevor Fehrman. I never could've called such a performance from Elias.
I'm looking forward to more projects from Jeff Anderson.