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Overall Rating
2.1

Awesome: 5.08%
Worth A Look: 6.78%
Average: 13.56%
Pretty Bad42.37%
Total Crap: 32.2%

6 reviews, 23 user ratings


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Say It Isn't So
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Say it isn't so...well, dull."
2 stars

"Say It Isn't So" is mostly one of those one-joke comedies where, at least with this one, that joke is about brother-sister incest, and all the erroneous interpretation and situation that goes along with it. The movie could have been a lot worse than it ended up being, but I can't help but admit my disappointment. Even though the Farrelly Brothers did not write or direct this (only credited here as producers), it doesn't surprise me with the repetition of low-brow humor and its overall unfunniness, tied in along with the recent lackluster success and reception to "Outside Providence" (only written by them) and "Me, Myself & Irene."

Gilbert "Gilly" Noble (Chris Klein) is a dopey, but minorly likable dog (and cat) catcher. When the fuss in town is over a new "hairstylist" --even though she cannot cut worth a dime, the experience of sitting in this deity's presence seems like more than an even exchange. And so it turns out that this young woman, Jo (Heather Graham) accidentally stabs Gilly in the cheek and nearly cuts one of his ears off. With much remorse, they start hanging out and soon are in love --and wildly in bed. (So they say; we don't see.) Everything is just peachy until Gilly's PI (searching for his long-lost mother) notifies him that his mother is the same as Jo's (a white-trashy Sally Field)...which means they're brother and sister.

But as we find out, it was a scam by Jo's mother just so that Jo would end up marrying a rich man. So Gilly is off and running to stop the marriage (several years have passed by once he discovers the truth --when her real long-lost son finds her), and battle against his bad image and the lies spread against him by Valdine (Field).

The whole motivation surrounding "Say It Isn't So" is to see how many different ways they can poke fun at the same thing: incest. And believe me, we hear it all. "Sister-fucker," or "You ponied your sister," or "After what you did to her, I'm surprised she didn't quit the sausage and become a vaginaterian," or "It's like a Greek tragedy," or "Boy, you know what the bible says about fucking your sister?: Don't!" So on and so forth. The thing is, a good deal of it is funny, because the majority of it happens near the very beginning. It is not very long into the 93-minute running time before they get to the fake truth, so that leaves the rest of the movie for Gilly to chase after Jo while never standing up for himself or even thinking about getting his name cleared.

What "Say It Isn't So" ends up playing out as, is a mini or junior version of "Meet the Parents." Instead of Greg Focker eternally getting bashed on, misinterpreted and unfairly judged, we have Gilly Noble who receives the same gamut of treatment. And like "Meet the Parents," you end up feeling more sorry for the guy than being able to laugh at him and his dilemma, but since the situations here aren't as funny as those in "Parents," it harms this even more. After the introduction of the movie, the humor just shuts off. This is nowhere near horrible, but there's just no effort to it, so it ends up being like the scenery you pass when you are taken for a ride in the car and can't fall asleep --it all passes by. There's no much you can do to avoid it, except maybe shutting your eyes, but either way you go, it does little for or against you. The audience I was with seemed to feel the same way. It got some good reaction during the opener and introduction, but after that the laughs just fell off. The majority of the audience sat there, quiet.

Director J.B. Rogers is a Farrelly Brothers-assistant director alumni, and that is very apparent, though I give him credit for not going as overboard as one could have with this. Not much else can be said in his defense, however. Sally Field is far too passe to be playing the type of role she does, and the use of an "elder" actress playing a hip, yet trashy character is a passe idea as well. Chris Klein seems to be talented enough as an actor, but plays his character in the same gumpish, dumb facade as those he has already done. Heather Graham, one of the most beautiful actresses working today, puts far too much into a role that doesn't leave her with much. She is worth far more than what "Say It Isn't So" offers, and I hate to see her stoop to something of this nature. I would have hoped that her stint as Rollergirl would have catapulted her to something higher. Perhaps playing a porno queen doesn't always guarantee that status as a parvenu.

Final Verdict: C.

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User Comments

5/06/05 Indrid Cold Weak "Mary" ripoff. Graham is the only reason it's not a complete waste of time. 2 stars
2/21/05 Captain Craig Funny, bu sooo gross. Is it necessary. Some dialog cuts are in order 3 stars
9/26/04 Bucky Buckner Boone "Say it isn't so" says it all right there in the title; just awful 1 stars
3/02/04 ILLEGALLY BLOND I for one Say It Ain't So bad! Best "guilty pleasure" in a long time! 4 stars
6/02/03 Jack Sommersby Ugh. 1 stars
4/15/03 Jack Bourbon I didn't realize that Gaulke and Swallow teamed up for this film. 2 stars
1/02/03 Zaharin Hamid aka The Movie Samseng J.B. Rogers is a try hard. Tries to be a combination of the Farrelly and Weitz brothers. 1 stars
9/03/02 P.Rodriguez Had it's moments......that is all 2 stars
7/24/02 artemishia it was extremely boring, but it had some good laughs 2 stars
6/06/02 I'm in (L) with a Jedi his film was really disappointing 2 stars
5/22/02 officer 412/l i only watched it because of lovely miss graham was in it. unfunny and suprisingly boring 1 stars
2/28/02 Alan Smithee Absolutely terrible, but at least Heather Graham looks fantastic in it. 1 stars
1/20/02 Andrew Carden Confusing, but Fairly Amusing Little Comedy. 3 stars
1/05/02 specialK VERY disappointing 2 stars
12/25/01 Bri ok, good commentary on dvd 4 stars
9/17/01 The Bomb 69 I popped my stitches laughing so much, then I fucked my sister!!! 5 stars
8/28/01 Connor Dueck It's been done, but I still didn't stop laughing throughout the movie 4 stars
8/24/01 Mr. Hat I got kinda pissed about what happens to Chris Klein, but it's is funny.Farrellys kick ass! 4 stars
4/16/01 Rampage 2 words to describe this movie: absolute stupidity 2 stars
3/25/01 Sid 6.7 A raunchy comedy produced by the Farrelly brothers that's extracted shock value and humor 1 stars
3/25/01 Sammy I almost crapped my pants I laughed so hard 5 stars
3/24/01 Nordo Proof that Hollywood is scouring the toilet bowl for a hit 1 stars
1/06/01 Tom Harmon Saw a sneak and it is a classic 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  23-Mar-2001 (R)

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  12-Apr-2001 (M)




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