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Say it isn't so

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Movie propaganda

Family roots have never been so twisted!

Everything in earnest, young Gilly Noble's (Chris Klein) life is finally going right. He's got a job that he enjoys, he's marrying Jo Wingfield (Heather Graham), the girl of his dreams, and he's just a step away from finding his birth parents. When the news from this search arrives, however, Gilly's happiness comes to a crashing halt. Somehow his fiancée, Jo, is his long-lost sister.

A year later, after losing his job and his girl, depressed and unable to take refuge from the town's constant heckling, Gilly's life is changed once again when it turns out that the detective made a mistake. He and Jo are in fact not brother and sister. Still in love with Jo, Gilly immediately sets out to find her. The problem is, Jo has gotten engaged in their time apart, and her wealthy husband-to-be and social-climbing mother are not about to let Gilly take her back without a fight. Chaos ensues as our hero finds himself in one comical predicament after another, all to win back his true love.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film comedy romance hick town gross

Persons of interest

  • Chris Klein .... Gilbert Noble
  • Heather Graham .... Josephine Wingfield
  • Orlando Jones .... Dig McCaffrey
  • Sally Field .... Valdine Wingfield
  • Richard Jenkins .... Walter Wingfield
  • John Rothman .... Larry Falwell
  • Jack Plotnick .... Leon Pitofsky
  • Eddie Cibrian .... Jack Mitchelson
  • Mark Pellegrino .... Jimmy Mitchelson
  • Brent Hinkley .... Streak
  • Henry Cho .... Freddy
  • Richard Riehle .... Sheriff Merle Hobbs
  • Brent Briscoe .... Vic Vetter
  • Ezra Buzzington .... Stewart
  • Julie White .... Ruthie Falwell
  • David L Lander .... Reverend Stillwater
  • Lin Shaye .... Nurse Bautista
  • Peter Gaulke .... Screenwriter
  • Gerry Swallow .... Screenwriter
  • JB Rogers .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report



Of course, there's nothing wrong with incest, despite the moaning and groaning from the world's stickybeak moralists. As relatively reliable contraception is now available for men and women there's no reason for brother and sister not to wed. All they have to do is not get pregnant. That's one of the few things that gay and lesbian couples never have to worry about: unplanned pregnancy!

Anyhoo, you're lucky that you waited until Say it isn't so came out on video because it's cheaper to watch and you won't be missing anything in the conversion from the big screen.

Good bits:

  • Armpit sweat from a female (a first for Hollywood, where people only perspire while shooting people or having sex).
  • Differently-abled people (insane, amputees, orphaned, stroke victims and repressed homosexuals).
  • Bestiality (Chris and a cat named Ringo - "Save some for the honeymoon").
  • An Asian redneck (scary, scary, scary).
  • Bodily dismemberment with a hairdressing implement (long hair suddenly came back in).
  • Gilly is a very nice guy, knows that he's being abused because of it, but can't stop himself from being nice.
Bad bits:
  • Sally goes the white trash bitch, completely undercutting Chris' sincerity.
Very strange bits:
  • Bestiality (Chris and a cat named Ringo - "Save some for the honeymoon").
  • Heather gets her name listed in the opening credits before Chris, despite the fact that the film is about Gilly and not Jo.
  • Masturbation: Heather uses the international hand movement for wanking reminds Chris that he used to beat off to his Suzanne Somers poster, the woman who turns out to be his mother - talk about family values...

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Disc: Single side, single layer
  • Features:
    • Commentary: James
    • Deleted scenes
    • Making-of
    • Trailers: Theatrical, TV spots
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9 enhanced

Media intelligence (VHS)

  • Features:
    • Deleted scenes
    • Making-of
    • Trailers: Theatrical, TV spots

Security censorship classification

M (Sexual references, adult themes, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

91 minutes (1:31 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental: 14 November 2001
DVD retail: 8 May 2002
VHS retail: 8 May 2002

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