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Now You Know

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Kevin Smith Presents: On the eve of his bachelor party, a man learns his fiancee want to call off the wedding. The unmarried couple returns to New Jersey to sort out their relationship.

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Now You Know is a New Jersey comedy ushered into the world, appropriately enough, by Kevin Smith. Smith, however, didn't direct it and makes only a fleeting appearance as a favor to actor-director Jeff Anderson (Randall Graves in Smith's Clerks comedies for film and television). Anderson, who also wrote the script, tells the tale here of Jeremy (Jeremy Sisto) and Kerri (Rashida Jones), who are supposed to be married one weekend until Kerri calls the whole thing off. Jeremy has no idea why, but he does know how difficult it is to tell all the revelers who have come to Jersey for the celebration. Meanwhile, Kerri's best friend Marty (Heather Paige Kent) offers great support to the former bride-to-be while struggling with an unexpected pregnancy. Jeremy's support, however, comes in the Clerks tradition of paired losers, in this case inseparable buddies Gil (Anderson) and Biscuit (Trevor Fehrman from Clerks II). The film skips along as a succession of comic situations, some of which are inspired (Marty and Kerri visit a gay bar; Biscuit and Gil, who mow lawns for a living, moonlight as break-in pranksters who rearrange their victims' furniture), but others less so. Anderson's script rises from comic banality (the film opens on a mindless bachelor party) to wisdom (peace between the sexes). Not bad for a directorial debut. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Jeff Anderson and pal Kevin Smith
  • Extended introduction to the film by director Jeff Anderson and pal Kevin Smith
  • Q&A with the filmmakers

Product Details

  • Actors: Jeff Anderson, Suzette Andrea, Todd Babcock, Earl Boen, David Bosnak
  • Directors: Jeff Anderson
  • Writers: Jeff Anderson
  • Producers: Alek Petrovic, Andrew Gilliland, Chris Richardson, Clayton Frey, Eric Nordness
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: November 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000ICL3L0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,155 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Now You Know" on IMDb

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By J. Gac on September 17, 2006
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I had the pleasure of seeing this film at Kevin Smith's Vulgarthon years ago when they debited JSBSB and have been waiting for it to be released. Jeff Anderson steps away from his Randal role and shows another side, writing and staring in this movie. It is not Clerks, but fans of the genre shouldn't be disappointed. Essentially a comedic love story that can be appreciated by everyone. Too bad it was never released in theaters.
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If you like indie comedies, this is totally up your alley. Great, off-the-wall characters and killer performances. I laughed out loud a lot, but the heart the movie has is what surprised me (and not in a bad way.) The kind of movie I wish I could find more often.
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Jeff Anderson has been known to say that he doesn't consider himself an actor - at least he didn't both before and after Clerks (1994). I have said and still say he was at the time of Clerks a diamond in the somewhat slightly rough - someone I have looked forward to doing more both in front of and behind the camera. And he's really had a great mentor of sorts in Kevin Smith. Now You Know could fit into the style of a Kevin Smith movie - sure it's indie - and it has some sick jokes (who doesn't love them), but it really has a mark that must only be from Jeff Anderson. He really writes well for both his male and female characters. They are enjoyable to watch and are worthy of our attention. It's in his subtleties that he really shines, the words and actions not expressed outwardly, but understood by the audience. All characters are well rounded, and even though the three fellas, Jeremy, Biscuit and Gil have some twisted logic among them, they all have redeeming qualities that make you love them all the more. Jeremy learns, if not too late, what it is that he wants and how to go about getting it, Gil steps up to the plate with great care and intensity, and Biscuit finds a great use for a bowling ball and some extra chains.

Jeff Anderson also offers a brilliant performance in the latest installment of the Jersey "trilogy" (Clerks II), how many is it now: Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy (the original trilogy), Dogma (it heads to Jersey), Jay & Silent Bob (it starts in Jersey, Jersey Girl, Clerks II ... I count 7 !
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In the View Askewniverse, you start to wonder if any of the actors in Kevin Smith's movies manage to break out from the characters they are associated with (with the exception, of course of Jason Lee and Ben Affleck). Will any of the Jersey locals who act in these films have a bankable career? Jay Mewes has started to shed his "Jay" character, but he's going to have to do something better than "Bottoms Up." I'd love to see Brian O'Halloran do something big as well Marilyn Ghigliotti.

Jeff Anderson, however, turns in a surprise with not only another acting gig, but a writing AND directoral one as well. And it's really good for a first-time outing from a guy who you feel got "railroaded" into the acting world with "Clerks." I almost hate to compare this to a Kevin Smith flick, but Anderson manages to turn out a romantic comedy on par with "Chasing Amy" but without the world of monologues that Kevin Smith characters seem to inhabit. Don't get me wrong, Kevin does brilliant dialogue, but I can imagine for some viewers, they get lost with all the talking, the witticisms, and the inside jokes. So flame me that I dare blaspheme and say that Anderson churned out something on par with (or maybe slightly better than) "Chasing Amy."

Do I need to review the movie? Read the other reviews if you need a synopsis.
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We all know and love Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson) from the Clerks movies. I saw this movie a couple of years ago at Vulgarthon, which is basically a Kevin Smith film festival. In fact, I can see myself in the crowd during the Q&A on this dvd which is pretty neat! :-)

I will be honest and say that I did not have high hopes for this movie. I did not expect it to be bad, but I was certainly pleasantly surprised at how good it was and as one person stated during the Q&A, I now think of Jeff Anderson as Jeff Anderson, not as Randal. He has definitely come into his own and should be recognized for having talents all his own and beyond his quick-talking role in Kevin Smith's movies.

Now You Know is about a couple who are engaged and on the eve of their wedding the bride-to-be (Rashida Jones) calls off the wedding with (seemingly) no explanation, leaving the groom (Jeremy Sisto) confused and at a loss as to what he should do next.

One of the high points of the film is definitely the casting. For the most part the cast is impeccable and the acting is great. Jeremy Sisto is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors consistently surprising me in the unique and independant films he chooses to be in. His performance here is no exception, he is excellent as the sweet and baffled Jeremy. One hilarious fun fact is that according to Jeff Anderson his first choice for the role of Jeremy was Joey Lawrence! He said that Lawrence auditioned and was absolutely perfect but he couldn't bring himself to cast him simply because "come on, it's Joey Lawrence." Anyhow, Sisto fills the part just fine, although it would have been interesting to see Lawrence in the part as well.
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