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A Family Affair (2003)

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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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

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Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Comedy

Aug 19, 2003

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

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

June 20, 2003 Full Review Source: 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.

May 29, 2003 Full Review Source: 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
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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.

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

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

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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An uneven appeal.

June 20, 2003 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Frequently talky and overacted.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: E! Online
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.

February 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Planet Sick-Boy
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.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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