The Seven Faces Of Jane: Review

Jane (Gillian Jacobs) has just dropped off her daughter at summer camp for the first time, but as soon as she gets into her car, her life changes. Jane’s experiences of her day vary wildly from being involved in espionage to reconnecting with a lost love and she has no idea what’s coming next.

Jane will stay the same person, but the things that happen will range from the heart-breaking, heart-warming and even the surreal. She’ll also be fine with it, because this is her life and the things that happen are just her seven faces.

The Seven Faces of Jane is an experimental anthology which takes one character and puts her into different scenarios all written and directed by different people who have no idea of what the others had done.

Starting out with a case of mistaken identity, The Seven Faces of Jane shows its audience that anything is possible and with Jacobs’ performance, it pulls it all together even when she gets behind the camera herself. It’s also an opportunity to showcase some of the up-and-coming talents with familiar lineage in the names of Xan Cassavetes and Gia Coppola.

There may never be an opportunity to put these filmmakers together again and The Seven Faces of Jane seems like the perfect time to show what they can do.

This also gives some new filmmakers a chance to show their directorial talents. For those who are fans of Community, this also means that the reunion of Ken Jeong (behind the camera) and Joel McHale along with Gillian Jacobs will raise a smile. Even if their on-screen story may not be what audiences were expecting.

Thankfully, The Seven Faces of Jane also manages to avoid being a passion project. With each director announced in the end credits, it gives them all a chance to show what they can do without fear of who came before and after. It also doesn’t feel like a showcase for Jacobs’ talents either. Instead, it shows what a group of talented people can do with no constraints other than a little time and budget.

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