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A Family Affair (2003)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 2,237

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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 … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Drama , Gay & Lesbian , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 19, 2003
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for A Family Affair

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (9)

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

Full Review… | June 20, 2003
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

A good old-fashioned love story.

Full Review… | February 24, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

An uneven appeal.

Full Review… | June 20, 2003
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Frequently talky and overacted.

Full Review… | May 9, 2003
E! Online

We get on board because of [Lesnick's] crazy, singular personality, and we're expected to stay in our seats when she grows conventional and boring.

Full Review… | February 27, 2003
Combustible Celluloid

Affair is chock-full of moments where Lesnick breaks the fourth wall and pretty much does a standup routine right into the camera. It's funny once in a while, but gets extremely grating.

Full Review… | October 4, 2002
Planet Sick-Boy

Lesnick, who over exaggerates her every facial gesture like a stand-up comic, would have benefited from having a director other than herself.

Full Review… | February 26, 2002
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