Say Uncle (film)

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Say Uncle
Say uncle.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Peter Paige
Produced by Christopher Racster
Peter Paige
Written by Peter Paige
Starring Peter Paige
Kathy Najimy
Anthony Clark
Melanie Lynskey
Gabrielle Union
Lisa Edelstein
Distributed by TLA Releasing
Release date
July 10, 2005
Running time
90 minutes
Language English
Budget $650,000
Box office $5,203

Say Uncle is an independently produced 2005 black comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Peter Paige.


Paul (Peter Paige), a childlike artist, becomes upset when his godson's family moves from Oregon to Japan. Paul tries to compensate for his feeling of loss with visits to the neighborhood playground.

Paul's best friend Russell (Anthony Clark) tries to warn him what people might think if they see him hanging around their kids, but Paul doesn't quite see it that way.

As Russell predicted, soon Maggie (Kathy Najimy), a somewhat bigoted local mom, launches a crusade against the naive Paul, with an army of furious parents in town.



Say Uncle was filmed in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2005. It had a tight production schedule of 18 days, and filming took place at 19 different locations.

New York Times reviewer Jeannette Catsoulis notes that the film's R rating is based on "two boys kissing, one naked-toddler photograph, some naughty words and a lot of bad art", although the MPAA's rating reads simply "Rated R for some language".

The film was distributed on a theater-by-theater basis. It opened in Los Angeles on June 23, 2006, and in Manhattan on June 30, 2006.

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