Say It Isn't So (film)

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Say It Isn't So
Say it isnt so poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by J.B. Rogers
Produced by Bobby Farrelly
Peter Farrelly

Bradley Thomas
Written by Peter Gaulke
Gerry Swallow
Starring Chris Klein
Heather Graham
Music by Mason Daring
Cinematography Mark Irwin
Edited by Larry Madaras
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • March 23, 2001 (2001-03-23)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million[1]
Box office $12,320,393[2]

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 shelter where he works. Gilbert gets his hair cut by a beautiful young hairdresser named Josephine "Jo" Wingfield (Heather Graham). As Jo cuts Gilbert's hair, she mentions that she recently lost a tail-less cat named Ringo, leading Gilbert to tell her that Ringo is at the pound. The excitement causes Jo to accidentally cuts off a part of Gilbert's ear, and he is rushed to the hospital where the ear is reattached. 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).

Gilly and Jo date for six months before getting engaged. Then a private detective contacts Gilly to tell him that he's Valdine and Walter's son. Gilly and Jo end their incestuous relationship. Gilly moves in with his new family, and Jo moves to Oregon to start a new life. After being branded a "sister-fucker", he loses his job at the animal shelter and is forced to take a job removing roadkill for the highway department.

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. Valdine notifies the police that Gilly is a sex offender. Gilly runs for his life and decides to go to Oregon to tell the news to Jo. On the way to Oregon, he befriends a pilot named Dig.

Meanwhile, Jo becomes engaged to her ex-boyfriend Jack Mitchelson (Eddie Cibrian), a rich and powerful young man who secretly deals in cocaine and marijuana, controls over half the county by paying off numerous politicians, and cheats on Jo with his ex-girlfriend. Valdine keeps pushing Jo to marry Jack, although Jo still loves Gilly. Valdine keeps Jo's real brother Leon secluded and doesn't tell Jo about him. Gilly tries to hide from the authorities, and Dig frequently aids him in his escape from Jack's henchmen.

Ultimately, Gilly is not able to stop Jo from marrying Mitchelson who still believes that Gilly is her brother. Police arrive at the marriage scene to inform the family that Gilly died in car accident, which was actually an act of sabotage by Leon who has been arrested. Jo learns the truth and ends her marriage which causes Valdine to attack Leon and have a stroke. It's also revealed at the wedding that Jack was behind Valdine and Walter being misidentified as Gilly's parents. But unknown to everyone, Gilly was not driving the car at the time of the accident. Gilly, who has just returned to working at the animal shelter, sees Jo 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, Gilly and Jo 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, Gilly's mother's agent arrives and tells him that he has truly found his mother. In an ironic twist, Gilly's mother turns out to be Suzanne Somers, a famous actress/sex symbol about whom Gilly used to fantasize while masturbating.



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."[citation needed]

Box office[edit]

The film opened at number 10 at the North American box office, making $2,861,903 in its opening weekend.[3] The film proved to be a commercial flop, making only $12,320,393 worldwide on a $25 million budget.

Home release[edit]

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.


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