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A Family Affair (2003)



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Can a cynical lesbian from the Big Apple find happiness with an upbeat blonde from the West Coast? That's the question in this independent bicoastal comedy. Rachel (Helen Lesnick, who also wrote and directed the film) is a native New Yorker who, after an unpleasant breakup with her girlfriend (Michele Greene), decides she needs a change of scenery. Rachel packs her bags and moves to San Diego, where she has a bit of trouble adapting to the laid-back rhythms of the California lifestyle; she also discovers that getting her career as a freelance writer going again is harder than she expected. After several bad dates, Rachel meets Christine (Erica Shaffer), and Rachel thinks she may have finally found love at last. But after her last relationship, Rachel finds that trusting anyone unconditionally no longer comes naturally. A Family Affair was screened at the 2001 L.A. Outfest, a festival devoted to gay and lesbian-themed films.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Helen Lesnick
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On DVD: Aug 19, 2003
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Helen Lesnick
as Rachel Rosen
Erica Shaffer
as Christine Peterson
Arlene Golonka
as Leah Rosen
Barbara Stuart
as Sylvia Peterson
Michele Greene
as Reggie Abravanel
Michael Moerman
as Sam Rosen
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

Lesnick's sharp eye for humor manages to keep things from getting too preachy.

Full Review… | June 20, 2003
Miami Herald
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Without the ready-made drama of coming out and identity struggle, gay romance can feel as flimsy and forced as its straight counterpart.

Full Review… | May 29, 2003
Chicago Tribune
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Suffers from inexperienced filmmaking and a self-absorbed lead character who fails to elicit any truly tangible degree of audience sympathy.

May 18, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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A serious romantic comedy of such strength and substance and so entertaining that it doesn't matter that its minuscule budget shows around the edges.

Full Review… | May 8, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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The pacing never accelerates beyond sluggish, and Lesnick's script is an awkward pile of gag lines.

Full Review… | May 8, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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A good old-fashioned love story.

Full Review… | February 24, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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