Say It Isn't So (film)
|Say It Isn't So|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||J.B. Rogers|
|Produced by||Bobby Farrelly
|Written by||Peter Gaulke
|Music by||Mason Daring|
|Edited by||Larry Madaras|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||March 23, 2001|
|Running time||95 minutes|
Say It Isn't So is a 2001 American comedy film starring Chris Klein and Heather Graham as two young lovers who come to believe that they are actually siblings. The film is directed by J.B. Rogers and written by Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow.
The film begins with Gilbert Noble (Chris Klein) taking a stray cat named "Ringo" to the animal pound where he works. Gilbert gets his haircut by a beautiful young hairdresser named Josephine "Jo" Wingfield (Heather Graham). As Jo cuts Gilbert's hair, she mentions that she lost a tail-less cat named Ringo a while ago, leading Gilbert to tell her that Ringo is at the pound. Immediately after this revelation, Jo accidentally cuts off a part of Gilbert's ear, and he is rushed to the hospital. To make up for the incident, Jo invites Gilbert to her house for lunch the next day, where Gilbert meets Jo's self-centered mother, Valdine (Sally Field), and stroke-suffering father, Walter (Richard Jenkins).
16 months later, a surprise comes to the Wingfield doorstep in the form of a young man named Leon Pitofsky (Jack Plotnick) who claims to be Valdine and Walter's son, and presents his birth certificate as proof. Valdine and Walter feel better for a few moments before angrily lashing out at Gilbert and forcing him to leave. Gilbert runs for his life and flees Indiana to tell Jo, who now lives in Oregon, the news.
Meanwhile, Josephine becomes engaged to Jack Mitchelson (Eddie Cibrian), a rich and powerful young man who secretly deals in cocaine and marijuana, and controls over half the county by paying off numerous politicians. Valdine keeps on pushing Josephine to marry Jack, although Josephine still loves Gilbert. Gilbert tries to hide from the authorities, and Dig frequently aids him in his escape from muggers and killers.
Ultimately, Gilbert is not able to stop Josephine from marrying Mitchelson. Police arrive at the marriage scene to inform that Gilbert died in car accident, which was actually an act of sabotage by Leon. But unknown to everyone, Gilbert was not driving the car at the time of the accident. Gilbert, who has just begun working at his old job, sees her and mistakenly believes that she wants to commit suicide. They are finally reunited on the roof of the same animal shelter which was a catalyst for their coming together.
A few months later, Gilbert and Josephine are married, and Walter, Valdine, Leon, Dig and many other people attend, with Walter on his feet and Valdine in a wheelchair after her stroke. Also, as a surprise wedding present, Gilbert's mother agent turns up and tells Gilbert that he has truly found his mother. In an ironic twist, Gilbert's mother turns out to be Suzanne Somers, a famous actress/sex symbol about whom Gilbert used to fantasize while masturbating.
- Chris Klein as Gilbert "Gilly" Noble
- Heather Graham as Josephine "Jo" Wingfield
- Orlando Jones as Dig McCaffrey
- Sally Field as Valdine Wingfield
- Richard Jenkins as Walter Wingfield
- John Rothman as Larry Falwell
- Jack Plotnick as Leon Pitofsky
- Eddie Cibrian as Jack Mitchelson
- Mark Pellegrino as Jimmy Mitchelson
- Richard Riehle as Sheriff Merle Hobbs
- Brent Briscoe as Detective Vic Vetter
- Ezra Buzzington as Stewart
- Julie White as Ruthie Falwell
- Courtney Peldon as Cher Falwell
- Matthew Peters as Buddy Falwell
- Lin Shaye as Nurse Bautista
- C. Ernst Harth as Mr. Campisi
- Sarah Silverman as Officer Gina
- Suzanne Somers (uncredited) as Suzanne
The film received an overwhelmingly negative response from critics, and currently holds a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the consensus being that; "those that haven't tired of Farrelly brothers' brand of comedy may still find some laughs here. Otherwise, the slow pacing and unimaginative shock gags will start to wear on the viewer."
Say It Isn't So was released on VHS and DVD on August 21, 2001. The DVD features six deleted and extended scenes including an extended ending.