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Say Uncle (R)




Release Date: June 30th, 2006 (Quad Cinema) by TLA Releasing.
The Cast: Peter Paige, Kathy Najimy, Gabrielle Union, Anthony Clark, Lisa Edelstein, Jim Ortlieb, Melanie Lynskey.
Directed by Peter Paige.

BASIC PREMISE: After parting with his beloved godson, Paul (Paige) creeps out his entire neighborhood when he starts playing with young children.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Mildly entertaining at best, Say Uncle suffers from an absurd plot with many contrivances. Paul, a lonely young gay man, canít seem to live without Morgan, his young godson. Morganís parents move to Japan early in the first act, without enough screen time to develop the bond between Paul and Morgan. Soon enough, Paulís life changes drastically. He can barely function at work and his social life becomes mundane. So, throughout the dull second act, he tries to find ways to play with other young children. Meanwhile, Maggie (Najimy), a concerned mother, stereotypes him as a pedophile and leads the town on a mission to find him and to apprehend him. First of all, she has no evidence, so her entire idea sounds preposterous. The ways she tries to make him look like a criminal make her act like an annoying child. Second of all, Paul doesnít have any appealing qualities as a character, so itís difficult to like him or to care about him from the very first frame. Writer/director Peter Paige, who also plays Paul, could have made him smarter and funnier, but instead he comes across as mostly insane, odd and, above all, dull. A cameo with Gabrielle Union doesnít help to enliven the film either. On a positive note, Peter Paige does show good skills as a director by adding some brief, quirky animation and keeping the pace flowing breezily. If only he could have worked on the script to make it remotely believable and imaginative.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: An absurd premise with dull characters.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 6

IN A NUTSHELL: Mildly entertaining, but often absurd, dull and contrived.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: TV


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