‘If Not Now, When?’ Review: Weak Bonds Make for a Flimsy Film


In the drama “If Not Now When?” Tyra, Dee, Suzanne and Patrice have been there for each other since they were young.

Her first crisis comes when Tyra, secretly pregnant, goes to work in a high school bathroom. Years later, when Tyra’s daughter is a teenager, the four friends appear to be doing well. But they still struggle to find their purpose and understand romance and parenting. The film that surrounds them also fights.

Tyra (Meagan Good) denies her addiction to prescription drugs. Dee (Meagan Holder) discusses reuniting with her son’s father. Suzanne (Mekia Cox) desperately longs to make her husband her ex-husband. And Patrice (Tamara Bass) fixes everyone else’s problems to avoid intimacy in their own lives.

Bass and Good directed the film and make sure their co-stars look glowing. Every performer’s skin shines. Their clothes, their hairstyles, their makeup are tasteful and flattering. But beyond personal style, the film is shambolic. The characters work in sparse offices; Their houses look like boring Airbnb units. Their personalities are similarly ill-defined.

It doesn’t take long to notice that these are serious, even humorless women. They are too busy thinking about their daily turbulence to play or make a joke. As a result, their chemistries never match, and the film shakes under the weight of lifeless sincerity. Marriages fail, children rebel, recovery begins – but who cares what happens on such a weak foundation? The stories never resolve because the relationships were blurry from the start.

If not now when?
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