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

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Say It Isn't So
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by EricDSnider

"Say it isn't ... my butt! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
2 stars

Have we reached the point in civilization where jokes about incest, handicaps and bodily fluids not just aren't shocking anymore, but also aren't even funny? Yes. Yes, we have.

"Say It Isn't So," which was produced by the notorious Farrelly Brothers who wrote and directed "There's Something About Mary" and "Dumb & Dumber," manages several moments so shocking they may inspire laughter. But only a few of them. And it's not enough, because the film certainly doesn't warrant much attention on its other merits.

If all you've got to eat is a pile of crap, you at least want there to be a lot of crap in it. This crappy movie is virtually crap-free.

The film begins in Shelbyville, Ind., where animal-shelter employee Gilbert Noble (Chris Klein) meets the new girl in town, a very hot and inept barber named Jo Wingfield (Heather Graham). After she gives him a bad trim and chops off most of his ear, they fall in love and plan to get married.

But Gilly, who grew up in an orphanage, has been looking for his mother and now discovers: It's Jo's trailer-trash mom, Valdine (Sally Field). Gilly and Jo are brother and sister! And they already <i>did it</i>! (A strong case for abstinence before marriage, I guess.)

Disgraced, Jo heads back to Beaver, Ore. (tee-hee!), where she was seeing another guy before moving back with her parents in Shelbyville. Gilly stays in Indiana and puts up with a steady stream of "pervert" remarks. He's living with his new-found mom and her husband, Walter (Richard Jenkins), whose recent stroke makes him have to talk through a "hilarious" robotic voice simulator.

Then Valdine's REAL son, Leon (Jack Plotnick) shows up. Somehow, Gilly had gotten it wrong, and he isn't Jo's brother after all. He races off to Oregon to stop her from marrying her smarmy other boyfriend, Jack (Eddie Cibrian), and is assisted along the way by a crazy legless man named Dig (Orlando Jones).

The first half-hour of the film is actually very funny in a gross-out, Farrelly Brothers kind of way, with some delightfully absurd dialogue. (A redneck friend of Gilly's comments that he doesn't want a Russian pomeranian because "I don't want to put any American dogs out of work." Later Gilly tells Jo, "I don't want you to feel like you have to cook me dinner just because I found your cat and you cut off my ear.")

But then it dies fast, leaving behind most of the comedy and focusing on the bland, whispery Chris Klein and his character's pursuit of Heather Graham. Only Orlando Jones shows a real enthusiasm for his role, though I admit finding Sally Field somewhat entertaining as utter white trash.

Movies like this are an indication of humanity at its lowest. Gilly can't just meet a wacky guy who helps him win back Jo; that guy has to be an amputee. Jo's dad can't just be old; he has to have an electronic voice machine. Amputees and stroke victims are not unreasonable characters to include in a movie. But when they're there just for laughs -- and, worse, when those laughs don't come -- it becomes crass.

Tastelessness is one thing; we've learned to deal with it and even enjoy it at times. Unfunny tastelessness is what's unforgiveable.

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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
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