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Say It Isn't So

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

A mediocre comedy about incest.

Movie R 2001 95 minutes
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Audiences who have been wondering when we were going to get a great comedy about incest can keep wondering. Say it Isn't So is a mediocre comedy about incest, a pale retread from the producers (but not the writers or director) of There's Something About Mary. They are clearly trying here for the same results, but miscasting and going once too often to the well of "I can't believe they did that" get in the way. Its primary appeal will be on video, to excited middle schoolers who think they are cool for watching an R-rated movie and can't tell the difference between gross, outrageous, and funny.

All of this is just an excuse for jokes involving amputated limbs, bikini waxes, paralysis, pierced nipples, bestiality, a town named "Beaver," a guy with his arm stuck in a cow's rear end, and, of course, lots of incest humor. The few bright spots feature Orlando Jones as Gilly's one friend (an amputee pilot).

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