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Fun and humorous,
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This review is from: You Should Meet My Son! (DVD)
"You Should Meet My Son" is an excellent example of how good writing and scripting can cover a multiplicity of sins. Budget aside, the movie transcends the normal crass humor so endemic in GLBT cinema these days, and introduces some important (albeit well known) messages into its central theme. The humour is fast, well designed and extraordinarily witty at times, and delivered by two adorable leading ladies who are remarkable in their character portrayals. The computer scene is especially well crafted, and had me laughing out loud. Having two eccentric, elderly and naive women log onto the 'internet' for the first time, searching for dates for their gay son (nephew) makes for an interesting dynamic. Then have them log onto 'Manhunt" thanks to the direction of the neighbors son, and you have hysteria (of the good kind). There is an extended version of this scene in the bonus features, and one is well advised to watch it after you have finished the film.
Joanne McGee (who plays the mom Mae) and Carol Goans (who plays Aunt Rose) are adorable, and clearly had great fun acting with each other. The comfort and sincerity in which they play their parts, makes for an extremely comforting portrayal of a mother desperate for her son's happiness. Brett Holland who plays Dennis, unfortunately has a relatively small part and should have been better cast (as one of the other more prominent characters). He is relatively well known one stage in the States, and has written extensively throughout his career.
I suspect that due to the budget limitations much of the set design had to be adapted from what was available at the time, with a significant amount of financing going to the wardrobe of the Divine Fantasia (a drag artist with a difference) an her crew. Some of the supporting cast were weak and inexperienced, but thanks to the dynamic due of Mae and Rose the film manages to transcend such limitations.
Wonderful comedy well worth the money spent getting it this side of the world. Don't expect too much from the acting however, as many of the actors are unknown and I suspect in-experienced. This unfortunately, weakens some of the important aspects of the movie. Despite which, it makes for fun and relaxing viewing.