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A film written and directed by Mayim Bialik, As They Made Us, is hitting the screen and internet in April; Candice Bergen and Dustin Hoffman hold key roles as the oldest generation of a family finding itself. (Photo: Supplied)

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Subscribers to TheJ.Ca can get a sneak peek at Mayim Bialik’s directorial debut when her film, As They Made Us, is released in April.

Bialik, a longtime staple of television comedy programs who has now stepped into the legendary shoes of the late Alex Trebek to co-host Jeopardy! is a role model for modern Orthodox women. She has written two #1 New York Times best sellers, Girling Up: How to  Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular, and Boying Up: How to Be Brave, Bold and Brilliant. She has also written a parenting book, Beyond the Sling, and a cookbook, Mayim’s Vegan Table.

From playing the young version of Bette Midler’s character in Beaches to starring as Blossom Russo in the iconic 90’s sitcom Blossom, Bialik has appeared in numerous beloved roles throughout her dynamic acting career. She is most recently known for her award-winning role as Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit CBS comedy, The Big Bang Theory. During her 9-year run on the show, she received two Critics Choice Awards, four Emmy Award nominations and a SAG Award nomination.

Bialik explained, “I wrote As They Made Us after my father died as a way to reconcile the confusing conflicted experiences of trauma and violence and the loving parents my parents were in their brightest moments.”  

The film has a stellar cast. Dianna Agron (TIFF’s Shiva Baby and the Sundance award winning film Novitiate) and Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) are the lead performers. Five-time Emmy winning Candice Bergen and two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman are in the key supporting roles, in the 96 minute journey.

As They Made Us follows Abigail (Agron), a divorced mother of two, who is struggling to find sanity in her dysfunctional family as she attempts to cultivate new love.

Her father, Eugene (Hoffman), has a degenerative condition that he and his wife, Barbara (Bergen), refuse to accept. Her brother Nathan (Helberg) has been estranged from the family for decades. A self-appointed fixer, Abigail attempts to mend her complicated family before it’s too late.

Moving between present-day and flashbacks to a chaotic and confusing childhood, Abigail juggles parenting her young sons with her annoyingly competent ex-husband Peter (Weber) and trying to land a cover story at the news magazine she works for. She also has to manage the ongoing demands of her aging parents. 

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Describing her vision for the film, Bialik said, “Mostly, I wanted to paint a picture of siblings with different ways of coping who ultimately find redemption in their roles in the family – this negotiation happens in so many families and I wanted to present the complexity of that negotiation.

“This is not a film about my family in its darkest hour. Rather, it is an exploration of how darkness indeed comes before the light, and how the bonds of family are stronger than trauma and even death itself.”

SCREENING DETAILS:

The film is opening in theaters and available everywhere you buy and rent movies on April 8th, 2022.

Want to see it early? The As They Made Us exclusive virtual premiere, followed by a Q&A with Mayim Bialik herself, is on April 7th at 7:00 PM EST.

If you are subscribed to TheJ.ca and are interested in attending, fill out this form! Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

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