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If Dad Only Knew (2004)

Outing Riley (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 10 October 2004 (USA)
Bobby, the youngest boy in an Irish Catholic family, is gay and his coming out to his brothers and the family's way of dealing with the news is the basis of this film.

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Pete Jones

Writer:

Pete Jones
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pete Jones ... Bobby Riley
Nathan Fillion ... Luke Riley
Stoney Westmoreland ... Connor Riley
Dev Kennedy ... Jack Riley
Julie Pearl ... Maggie Riley
Bob Riley Bob Riley ... Mr. Riley
Michael McDonald ... Andy
Dana Lynne Gilhooley Dana Lynne Gilhooley ... Carly
Jim Rose ... Busboy / Priest
J. David Ruby J. David Ruby ... Howie
Ashley Giancola Ashley Giancola ... Holly Avery
Marc Singletary Marc Singletary ... Boyfriend
Steve Dahl Steve Dahl ... Mr. Berk
Tracy Amico Tracy Amico ... Bar Girl
Dan Bernstein Dan Bernstein ... Bartender Larry
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Storyline

Bobby is a gay man in the closet in 2003, afraid to come out to his three older brothers, even though he's at least 30 and is being pressed by his sister, his boyfriend, and his lesbian beard to tell the lads. The death of his father and a fishing trip with his brothers provide occasions when he could tell them, but he fails. When he screws his courage to the sticking point, how will they react, and how will he deal with their reactions? He imagines a movie of his rather boring life - surrounded by possibilities - but can anything overcome the insular narrow-mindedness of a big Irish Catholic family in Chicago? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doubting Riley See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Mr. Berk (played by Steve Dahl) is mis-credited within the captions as Mr. Burke. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Riley: [narrating] That's my eldest brother, Father Jack. The nice thing about having a brother that's a priest is no matter how much of a jackass I am, I'm a lock to get into heaven.
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Flawed, but still a nice film
12 January 2008 | by jfessendenSee all my reviews

As far as I know, from what I saw on Project Greenlight, Pete Jones isn't gay. So, I'm curious what motivated him to make this film, and to play the gay lead. It's not forbidden - and I'm always happy to see filmmakers portraying gays positively in their work - it just seems a little odd. And, in fact, that's one of the weaknesses of the film: Pete Jones doesn't really come across as gay. I'm not saying he should act effeminate or anything like that. It's just that that there was something not quite "on" about the scenes between his character and the character's boyfriend. At other times, I really got the impression that he'd watched "Jeffrey" a few too many times, and was trying to imitate it.

The other element that really didn't work for me was the voice-over and talking to the camera. It drew too much attention to itself, wasn't as funny as he seemed to think it was, and often didn't tell us anything we couldn't have learned from watching the characters interact.

Having said that, though, I think the film also has some excellent writing and strong performances, especially by Nathan Fillion. The best parts of the movie are when the brothers are trying to deal with Riley being gay. Jones is brilliant, when it comes to writing realistic - and very funny - dialog between characters he obviously relates to. This film, and his earlier film, "Stolen Summer", prove him to be a talented writer and director, and it turns out he's not half bad as an actor, either. I really hope he continues to make movies, and they get distribution.


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