A Family Affair (2003)

TOMATOMETER

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

A Family Affair Videos

A Family Affair Photos

Movie Info

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.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Gay & Lesbian
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:

Cast

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
Suzanne Westenhoefer
as Carol Rosen
Michael Moerman
as Sam Rosen
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for A Family Affair

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | June 18, 2004
Denver Post
Top Critic

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.

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

Audience Reviews for A Family Affair

½

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

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Sincere story, funny as well as touching. The acting is mixed though, it ranges from barely fair to good. Nicely written. Not always professionally made.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Discussion Forum

Discuss A Family Affair on our Movie forum!

News & Features