Time Now (2021) Movie Script

[solemn music]
[phone ringing]
[Man On Phone] Hey, you.
Can't give your brother a call?
[engine roaring]
All right, sis.
Don't be a stranger.
[engine roaring]
[solemn music]
[phone ringing]
[Woman On Phone] Jenny hello?
Listen, it's your Aunt Joan.
I haven't been able to sleep.
And I think you need
to be here, honey.
[phone ringing]
[Man On Phone] Hey
Jenny, it's your father.
Been calling you like crazy.
I really would love
to hear your voice.
[Woman On Phone]
It's me again.
Call me back, please.
I'm at the house.
[Boy] Just a little bit.
[Woman] Yes.
[Boy] Yeah, I know,
cause I did that for you.
[Woman] Thank you.
[Boy] You're welcome.
[boy humming]
[boy mumbling]
Oh, I've missed you, baby.
I've missed you so much.
I miss you too, Joan.
- Guess what?
- What?
I made her cinnamon rolls.
They're her favorite.
You know that?
Do you know how
handsome you are?
- Yeah.
- Do you?
[Joan] Oh my goodness,
I can't stand it.
Come on in, it's so cold.
[Jenny sighs]
Are you gonna
say hi to Andrew?
My Andrew has been
gone for a long time.
Now's not the time.
I didn't come here
to relive the past.
I'm here for Victor.
It's easy to be here
when it's too late.
[Jenny sighs]
And you had the nerve to
name your kid after my son.
Your own brother.
Maybe you should
get to know him.
I think you'd like him.
Hey, Dad.
It's been so long.
I've missed you, Dad.
[Dad] Still smoke?
Not in a couple years.
I'm so sorry, Dad.
Lost both your boys.
Yeah, I came here
'cause I wanted
to celebrate Victor's life.
He always found the
light in any situation.
What'd your mother have to say?
[muffled music]
Could you make me one?
Was he drinking?
Was he alone?
He was with a friend.
And his friend?
Just a few scratches.
Usually how it goes.
Isn't it?
Come here.
How are you doing?
[Jenny sighs]
I don't think we can stay.
Just for two days.
Till his car's ready?
I want you to have it.
I can't deal with
that right now.
Yeah, well.
She's a mess.
Why don't you stay
with your dad?
I'd be happy to drive you guys
around until the car's ready.
How about Victor's?
You could do that.
It's raining from
Auntie Jo Jo's eyes.
Do you want to go for a ride?
You want to go on an adventure?
Let's do it, I
gotta find my keys.
Will you help me?
I can't see through
all the rain.
[boy mumbling]
Okay, come on in.
[Jenny sighs]
[solemn music]
[Radio Host] Joining us
now is small talk radio host
and blogger Mark Lee, thank
you so much for joining us.
[Mark] I'm happy to be here.
[Radio Host] We are now
officially, almost anyway,
post-bankruptcy, Detroit
is, and when will we
start to see major
changes for the people
who live in the city, and
what will those changes be?
[Joan] - City's gotten a
lot better, you know?
Since the days when your
mother would let you guys
come stay with me.
Were you and Vic still close?
Oh yeah.
He came to church
with me every Sunday.
He'd do the little things
that would make people
feel so special.
[Jenny] Can you take
me to Dad's tomorrow?
Come to church with
me in the morning
and I'll I'll take you after.
[indistinct chattering on radio]
[solemn music]
This is it?
Cool kid.
[door closes]
[Jenny] Wow, you
weren't kidding.
Mommy, Mommy.
[boy mumbles]
In the room, I'll
meet you in there.
[Joan sighs]
[Joan] And you knew
that was there because?
It's where I
would have put it.
Your brother was
such a great artist.
You should get some sleep.
I will.
[Jenny exhales sharply]
[Jenny sighing]
[solemn music]
[guitar strumming]
[inhales and exhales
[ominous music]
[door banging]
What the fuck!
Who are you?
Why do you think Mom still
holds such a grudge against me?
You're never around.
You know...
When your mom was little,
all she ever talked about
was having a family.
She wanted...
Two boys...
And a girl.
And she got it.
She got it all at once.
[solemn music]
[Joan sighs]
Come on.
Let's go.
You want some help?
You got it, push.
[Joan groaning]
Watch your head.
Hand-holding and...
[boy shouting]
[Joan shouts]
[bell rings]
[Beth] Welcome
to Triumph Church.
- Thank you.
- Jenny?
Beth Kwazinzki.
Do you remember me?
Farmington High?
Class of 2010?
Is your brother here with you?
So good to see you.
Yeah, we must be related.
I can do that too.
No you can't.
Yours is more gross, though.
[boy growls]
Oh, here's Mommy.
Focus here.
[Boy] But I can't...
You have to be quiet now.
You ready?
Let's pray for your mother.
Let us not boast on tomorrow.
For we not know what
the day might bring.
Let another praise you.
Not your own mouth.
A stranger.
Not your own lips.
You want to know something?
You came out first.
You're the oldest.
Even if it's just by a moment.
That means you're
the big sister.
You have to protect
your brothers.
Why do I have to?
You're all going
to be so special.
Look after them.
You see...
It will always be you.
My sweet Jennifer.
A stone is heavy.
Sand is weighting.
But a fool's provocation...
Is heavier than both.
Faithful are the
wounds of a friend.
Are the kisses of an enemy.
[Jenny sighs]
[Woman On Phone] Hello?
Who is...
Is everything okay?
That's not your phone.
I'm sorry, I...
I thought I'd hold onto it.
[phone buzzing]
[Woman On Phone] Is this
some kind of sick joke?
I'm sorry.
Who is this?
- And why do you have-
- It's Jenny, Victor's sister.
I just saw it and I
took it and I didn't...
[phone beeps]
- Hey.
- Hey.
Church with Joan.
Feeling saved?
Not much to save anymore.
You were the easy one, Jen.
Maybe when we were younger.
You know, no one can blame
you for leaving like that.
You know that, right?
See, this is why
I don't come back.
I'm tired of the sympathy.
Everything will
fall into place.
You've been through a lot.
I am proud.
You know, from the moment
you were born, it was clear.
You're an old soul.
When you came out
ahead of your brothers,
you barely made a sound.
For a while your mother
and I were concerned,
but we quickly realized
that you were in this world
to forge your own path.
And in a lot of ways,
you helped us realize
what it means to
live our own lives.
I just want you to
see that you have
your whole life ahead of you.
And I know that you've always
fought your brother's battles.
I think it's time
to put that aside.
Do the things
that make you happy.
When mom comes back,
we had no donuts, okay?
There are no donuts.
All right, calm,
everything's cool.
Here she comes.
Be cool.
[Jenny sighs]
You had enough sugar?
[boy shouting]
I thought I'd give
him some donuts.
[Jenny sighs]
Why don't you get some rest?
And I'll take the donut
monster for the night.
Thank you.
You earned it, honey.
It's the least I can do.
You're going to play
with Auntie Jo Jo.
[boy shouting]
Oh my god, what have I done?
[engine rumbling]
[solemn music]
[Jenny sighs]
[suspenseful music]
[Jenny sighs]
[distant siren wailing]
[muffled music]
["Voodoo" by Patrick Paige II]
Yo, can I help you?
Excuse me?
No, I'm good.
Am I wrong
If I want
To have my cake
and eat it too
Tanja, actually.
Who is asking?
I am.
We're twins.
I know where to look.
So what took you so long?
He told me a lot about you.
He talked about me?
He said he wanted to see you.
I should have
returned the effort.
Life just-
- Happens so fast.
That's a shame.
That he never met his nephew.
Just wanted to help you.
What else did he say?
I don't know.
[solemn music]
["Voodoo" by Patrick Paige II]
He was good.
Wasn't he?
Looks just like Victor's work.
It is.
He's gonzo.
Who's gonzo?
[Jenny sighs]
Are you happy?
What do you mean?
I mean are you happy up there?
You know?
He was...
Worried about you.
Why would he say that?
He just wanted you to
look back for a moment.
Did you even realize
everything you had here?
I have a kid, and
I have a husband...
And that's just what it is.
[somber R&B music]
I been lookin'
at [indistinct]
And baby that was just
a place where passed by
Always running out of place
If I met you at the gate
with a full back dog
Saw you in my dream
last night when I wake
[indistinct] but
there ain't no sound
Try to dream when I sleep
Try to dream when I sleep
Lately there's
nothing for me
Lately there's
nothing for me
Yo yo yo, stop the mic please?
This is five a.m..
I gotta get some sleep.
Two more days.
Everything's about
to change, man.
My life, your life.
Your auntie's life,
even your cat's life.
You've gotta be all in.
I am all in.
We've been at this
for a long time.
Trust me, I'm all in.
But I still need to
go get some sleep.
Keep that shit recording, man.
All right, man, look.
Just don't steal my
production credit, all right?
Yeah, whatever.
[singing indistinctly
on recording]
You see?
Books everywhere.
How many do you think there are?
Oh my gosh, good counting.
[Joan gasps]
Oh my gosh, how many, how many?
[Joan laughs]
That's a lot.
You want to see if you
can count them over there?
Yeah, go.
You find what
you're looking for?
[Jenny] Yeah.
I meant the phone.
Yes I did.
You know, Tanja's a good girl.
She knew Victor a lot
better than I ever did.
He really cared about you.
I can't believe you're still
reading Agatha Christie.
Yeah, it's the last
one I haven't read.
Did you know any of
his other friends?
Hang on.
Hey Matt.
Oh, super.
Yeah, we'll be right there.
Car is ready.
This guy is the best.
Hey, stinker.
I'm coming for ya.
Oh yes I am.
I'm so happy you're taking it.
You'll put it to good use, Jen.
I'm really doing it for you.
I mean, Mark lets me use
his car whenever I want.
Oh, I think you'll
be glad you have it.
I remember him saving up for
it, looking for the right one.
Think it was your
father's old Deville boy
who looked after it.
Hey Matt.
Hello, my dear.
- Come with me.
- Okay.
Let's go.
Go to a gas station
and let them check out
all the fluids in it, make sure
everything is okay with it.
Okay, all right.
Every month, all right.
Well, precious cargo.
I'm so grateful
that you did this.
Anything about the car?
Is it a good one?
Car's a nice old solid car,
it's good, frame is good.
Body is strong,
looked like a tank.
[Joan] Yeah.
[solemn music]
You're good to go.
It's all yours.
Get back safely.
[solemn music]
What are you...
What are you doing here?
[door closes]
I can't believe you would
do this in front of Andrew.
I'm sorry.
What do you want me to say, Jen?
[Mark] Leave.
[Mark] This is my house.
Get out!
[Mark] You're just
like your mother.
Just like my mother?
[door slams]
How dare you say that
fucking shit to me,
after everything you've seen.
I look after our son.
I look after our home.
I even have to look after
your fucking affairs
because you can't be a real man.
You can't even be a father.
You can't even look at me!
[door slams]
[tense music]
[man chuckles]
Right, don't see nothing
wrong with that, huh?
Bro, ain't nothing
wrong with it.
Yo, I need to tell you.
I'm really digging the way
you take that sad boy rap
and you mixing it with
the hardcore shit, man.
That is shit there right now.
I appreciate that.
- I appreciate that.
- That shit is art.
- I appreciate that.
- Thank you, baby.
Hey, your boyfriend
is really talented.
Really dope artist.
I can't wait to work
with y'all, man.
This is gonna be crazy.
[tense music]
Excuse me for a moment.
Yo, T.
Come on, let's talk.
I don't want to talk to you.
You're not driving, man.
You're one to talk.
I know what you're
going through.
Do you?
[Man] I do.
Because I don't think
you'd be over here
galloping around it
if you actually did.
I'm not galloping
around anything, T.
He wanted this for me.
He wanted this for us.
He should be here!
There's nothing we can
do about that right now.
You know that
better than anybody.
I don't know what
you're talking about.
[eerie music]
[ominous music]
[tense music]
[eerie music]
You shouldn't be here.
[rapping indistinctly on radio]
[Jenny sighs]
We're here.
[Joan] What are
you doing here?
[solemn music]
[Jenny] All right,
well, I'm gonna clean up
before heading out.
Heading out?
A show.
[Joan gasps]
- I am so sorry.
- It's okay.
Come in.
[Jenny sighs]
I'm glad you're back.
Me too.
You know...
Coming back here, I...
Well, it wasn't exactly
on my own terms.
Most of my life I've been
in the passenger seat.
It's just me and Andrew now.
And you know what?
That might not be
such a bad thing.
[water bubbling]
Come in here for
a second, Jenny.
You never took advantage
of us being the same size.
Aside from my boobs.
Yeah, well, that's what
happens when you have triplets.
Where's the show at?
One of Victor's spots.
Let me find you something.
I would never wear that.
Maybe not now.
Keep it.
Enough with the dresses.
[R&B music]
How much?
- No thank you.
- What?
No thank you.
What are you doing here?
I didn't want to miss it.
It felt right.
It's good that you're here.
Do you need any help?
This is the last one.
So now it's turn up time.
All right, let's go
have some fun, girl.
[Jen laughs]
Thank you.
Cheers, babe.
It's been a while.
[Jenny chuckles]
Here's to new beginnings.
Can I speak with you?
Please, Tanja?
Be right back.
What is she doing here?
She shouldn't be
here right now, T.
This isn't good for anybody.
I just...
Miss him so much, you know?
Everything he wanted
to happen is happening,
but without him.
[upbeat music]
[nervously chuckles]
[Jenny] I think
you knew my brother.
You're Jenny.
[Jenny] Yeah.
What are you drinking?
[Kash] Gotcha.
- Thank you.
- Uh-huh.
[Jenny] Oh, well.
Already a little tipsy, so...
You're just like I imagined.
None said it'd be easy.
We're all sad.
And we're all hurting.
But this is business.
Oh, shit.
You two were close.
But I would trade places
with him if I could.
[Emcee] How's
everybody feeling?
I said how's everybody feeling?
[people cheering]
That's better.
It's my honor and my pleasure.
Now it's time to
go live the lie.
To introduce you guys.
The man of the hour.
Let's hear it for Kash.
[people cheering and applauding]
Yo yo yo, what up
though, what up though.
[people cheering]
Sad to say, but this
might be our last
little night [indistinct].
[crowd groaning]
I know.
[indistinct] 'cause
y'all been mad supportive
over the last couple of years.
The love is for real.
Somebody isn't here, though.
[people cheering]
[hop hop music]
[Kash rapping indistinctly]
Oh baby
I'm always on call
Oh baby, I'm always on call
Oh baby, I'm always on call
I'm always on call
I'm always on
[Kash rapping indistinctly]
[people cheering]
Thank you for driving me.
[Tanja] Yeah, no problem.
Is your car gonna
be okay there?
Yeah, I'll just pick
it up in the morning.
Really felt like
he was there tonight.
[solemn music]
And what are you doing here?
[Kash laughs]
I'm all set
[Jenny sighs]
Are you coming in?
[Kash sighing]
So what'd you
think of the show?
I loved it.
Your brother.
He had real...
Raw talent.
You and him both.
He pushed me.
I like to think we
pushed each other.
I am so jealous of this life.
An artist, a community.
What was your favorite
memory with him?
- Now sir.
- I'm sorry, officer.
I'm sorry, officer, I'm sorry.
I didn't do anything, officer.
[men talking indistinctly]
Yo, tell me what's up.
What's going on?
Bugging the fuck out,
that's what's going on
He was loitering outside.
Loitering outside his own house.
- He lives here?
- He lives here.
God damn right I live here.
Do you wanna file a complaint?
Or you wanna let him go?
Yeah, that's right.
Officer Simmons.
Watch it.
How dare you be drunk
and black at the same time?
[Kash] How dare you swoop
in and be the white savior.
[solemn music]
It would have been tonight.
I got signed tonight.
We've been talking
about this moment for...
A very long time.
I can't do this, Jenny.
I understand.
[solemn music]
I'm come by tomorrow night.
We'll celebrate for real.
[Jenny exhales]
[tense music]
[gunshot bangs]
[engine roaring]
I swear it looks like
one of Victor's paintings.
Your brother found inspiration
in every corner of this city.
So you're going to
Kash's thing tonight?
What'd you just say?
Yo, how do you
know about that?
He told me.
When, Jenny, when
did he tell you?
He was at the loft already
when you dropped me off.
We didn't do anything, Tanja.
What did he say?
We just talked about Victor.
He was lucky to have someone
who had his back like that.
Did I say something?
Of course not.
What is going on, Tanja?
I shouldn't be saying this.
[solemn music]
All right, we'll
meet y'all there.
[Kash] Yo, wait up, wait up.
I'm gonna ride with Gonzo.
I gotta talk to my mans.
Your mans?
[Kash] Yes, my mans.
Come on, T.
Can you live without
me for a moment, baby?
Can I live without you?
You know what, I'm gonna
be just fine, you know...
My man.
You got the keys?
No, you are not driving.
[ominous music]
I'm good.
[Victor] Like a
true professional.
Come on, T, we'll
beat 'em there.
[Kash] Yeah, in your dreams.
What a show, baby.
[ominous music]
They found...
Victor's body in
the driver's seat.
Maybe they stopped somewhere.
Gonzo took the wheel.
I don't know.
Jenny, you shouldn't
come tonight.
You know, I don't want
you getting dragged
any further into this.
Are you even listening?
[tense music]
[breathing heavily]
[banging on door]
[kettle whistling]
- I thought you went up north.
- Hmm.
Yeah, didn't go as planned.
Mark do something?
Dad, what would you
do if you found out
someone hurt one of us.
Are you okay?
What did he do?
Oh, not him.
Dad, what would you do?
- Jennifer, -
- Dad!
I would do whatever it takes.
You're all I have now.
I love you, Dad.
[water running]
[phone line ringing]
[Operator] Your call
has been forwarded
to an automatic
voice message system.
Your call has been
forwarded to an automatic
voice message system.
[tense music]
[phone chiming]
You can't wait for
someone to call you back?
Yeah, are you with Jenny?
[sighs] Shit.
Okay, I'll be there in a minute.
[solemn music]
[Woman] You're leaving soon?
Yeah, in a few, Ma.
I'm so proud of you, baby.
You're being so strong.
I'm just...
I'm just trying to
make it work, Ma.
It's all gonna be
worth it in the end.
[car door alarm dinging]
[boy screaming]
Where's Helen?
In the house.
- What is it?
- It's Jenny.
She stopped by
the house earlier.
She didn't seem like herself.
Something's off.
She's fine.
I haven't seen her
this content in years.
Helen, I'm really worried.
Trust me.
I know my daughter.
This is where you're staying?
Yeah, they put me up well.
[engine rumbling]
[tense music]
Bless us, Lord,
and these gifts
which we are about to receive.
Through Christ our Lord.
[birds chirping]
Thank you, that was
really good waiting.
Now you can eat.
You look nice.
So why'd you want to see me?
Would you mind driving?
I just have these heals on.
Yeah, of course.
Pull over.
You good?
What do you think my brother
would think of all this?
All of what?
You and me in this car.
All of it.
I think he'd be happy.
You're getting a
glimpse into his life.
You think so?
[Kash] Yeah.
[Jenny clears throat]
What was that?
It was Andrew's.
My mom used to always
tell me when I was little
that I had to protect them.
I had to look after them.
'Cause I'm the oldest.
Even if it was just by a moment.
Jenny, what...
Take me to where it happened.
Take me there!
[Kash] Okay.
We're going.
[tense music]
Are you okay?
Yeah, I'm fine.
[tense music]
Why do you even want
to come back here, Jenny?
What's this going to do for you?
[Jenny exhales]
He was my...
He was my brother.
And you took him.
Victor was your brother.
Gonzo was mine.
I'm more than willing to
tell you all about him.
What kind of
cigarettes he smoked.
What kind of paint he used.
I need to know what happened.
That's right.
It's not about Victor.
It's about you.
It's about Victor.
What are you gonna to do?
Kill me?
Because you ran away?
Because you don't know
how to confront yourself?
I'm more than willing to
let you in on his life.
[breathing heavily]
Look, I can rest in peace.
I've confronted myself.
I know who my mother is.
I know who my brother is.
Did you know your brother?
Fuck you.
You don't get to tell
me about my mistakes.
I know what I've done.
I know what I haven't done.
I need to know what happened.
[shakily breathing]
Shit, Gonzo.
Shit, shit, shit, fuck,
fuck, fuck, Gonzo.
I know I deserve
to be in his place.
I should be dead.
I was the one who was driving.
Yeah, and you made
a lot of decisions
between now and then, Kash.
And you don't think I've
been carrying this guilt?
Don't talk to me about guilt.
I've been carrying the
guilt of an entire family
for seven years.
You abandoned your family.
And now you're about
to abandon your son.
For what?
Or is this one
big justification?
If it took your brother dying
for you to show up for him...
Then that's no one's
fault but your own.
You know what?
Fuck it.
Do it.
Because God knows and
I know that I loved
the shit out of your brother.
And if this is how
I pay my price.
If that means dying
right here, right now,
then fuck it, do it.
Just do it.
[breathing heavily]
Do it already.
Just do it.
[breathing heavily]
Do it.
Guess not today.
[ominous music]
[gunshot bangs]
[gunshot bangs]
[breathing heavily]
[Kash coughing]
You fucking...
You fucking shot me.
[ominous music]
[breathing heavily]
[Kash shouting]
[breathing heavily]
[Jenny exhales]
[solemn music]
It's okay.
It's okay
[Jenny crying]
It's okay.
It's okay, it's okay.
The end is not the end again
It's okay, it's okay.
It's just the beginning
[Jenny crying]
This place you call a
house is not your home
When all your careless
words have turned to stone
It's okay, it's okay, it's okay.
You're not who
you wanted to be
[sirens wailing]
The end is not the
end is not the end
The end is not the
end is not the end
[Jenny laughing]
And now it's just a
story that you tell
But you won't be the
one to toll the bell
And I won't be
here when it rings
For you
[knocking on door]
- Oh
- Anyone home?
[knocking on door]
Is anyone home?
[banging on door]
If anyone's home,
please open the door.
[banging on door]
The truth will set
you free and be me
Open the door.
A future will become here
open the door now.
[banging on door]
[door bangs open]
The end is not the end is
not the end is not the end
Is not the end is not
the end is not the end
Is not the end