Say Uncle

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A gay artist and telemarketer with a special knack for getting along well with children discovers just how closed-minded the suburbs can be when he attempts to find happiness after losing his godson in writer/director Peter Paige's affectionate, not-so-black comedy. Paul Johnson (Paige) is a Portland-based artist and telemarketer who loves nothing more in life than the time spent with his two-year-old godson, Morgan. Upon learning that his best friends the Fabers are moving to Japan and taking their son Morgan with them, Paul wallows in a state of deep denial that ultimately results in him missing the Fabers' departing flight. Encouraged by his good friend Russell (Anthony Clark) to get out of his house and spend more time with others, Paul soon ventures out to a local playground, where he finds comfort and joy in the youthful exuberance that surrounds him. When it comes to the concept of a grown homosexual spending time with young children, not everyone in the suburbs can be so accepting, though, and as Paul attempts to find ways of keeping himself surrounded by his pint-sized pals, nosy neighbor and disapproving mother Maggie Butler (Kathy Najimy) rallies a ready army of angry soccer moms to take action and keep Paul away from the local children.

Cast

Peter Paige
as Paul Johnson
Kathy Najimy
as Maggie Butler
Gabrielle Union
as Elise Carter
Anthony Clark
as Russell Trotter
Lisa Edelstein
as Sarah Faber
Jim Ortlieb
as David Berman
Katie O'Grady
as Mother No. 1
Ayanna Berkshire
as Mother No. 2
Don Adler
as Grant Sweet
Betty Moyer
as Clothing Store Lady
Patrick Dizney
as Jim Faber
Heidi Lynne Herschbach
as Perky Receptionist
Beth Harper
as Adoption Agency Lady
Joshua Westhaver
as Crunchy Man
Leslie Taylor
as Screaming Mother
Kevin Jones
as Simon's Dad
Don Burns
as Richard Long
Lori Ferraro
as Coffee Shop Clerk
Torrey Cornwell
as Lesbian Mom
Victor Morris
as Police Sergeant
Ellen Bloodworth
as Donut Shop Woman
Brain Pope
as Joey's Dad
Maia McCarthy
as Young Mother
Alexandra Morrison
as 6-Year-Old Girl
Belle Suzanne Raymond
as Background Artist
Tin Tran
as Pizza Delivery Boy
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Critic Reviews for Say Uncle

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (15)

  • Laughless, pointless and downright creepy.

    Jun 30, 2006 | Rating: 0/4
  • Ask yourself: If you saw an unknown, single man repeatedly approach kids in the park, would you be concerned? If so, you may not find Paul, and his unbalanced Peter Pan complex, quite as charming as Paige does.

    Jun 30, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • A comedy about a suspected gay pedophile is something even Mel Brooks might balk at, but Say Uncle would have benefited from his ability to turn bad taste into good feature.

    Jun 29, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • As written and portrayed by Paige, his protagonist comes across a lot less like an oddball, misunderstood naif than he does an irritatingly self-absorbed loser with some serious boundary issues.

    Jun 29, 2006
  • A movie that made my skin crawl.

    Jun 26, 2006
  • [Peter] Paige has created an engaging and insightful entertainment with considerably more substance than most small-budget, independent gay films.

    Jun 22, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Say Uncle

  • Feb 07, 2008
    a movie that was not expecting to be so good, or to like it enough to rate it with 4 stars. It's a movie that debates a few aspects of the life that surround us with a clear, short and expressive message "NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER"
    Ovi G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2007
    Wow. This has to be the most awkward cinematic experience of my life! I adore Peter Paige as Emmett on <i>Queer As Folk</i>, and when I heard that he had made a film, I naturally felt the urge to check out his directorial debut. His character in this film is a sweet and genuinely kind person, but naive to the point where you wonder how he can even function in the real world. He's quite simply, still a child at heart. It's obvious that he never realizes that playing with random children at the park would cause the certain parents of those children to question his motives. To be honest, I felt a little creeped out watching this movie. I know it was meant to be sweet and funny, but instead of Paige's character being the innocent guy that you expect him to be, I thought he came off as more of a potential serial killer. But hey, that's just my opinion. What sucks is that this film could have been quite cute if it had been approached better, and possibly with a larger budget. It did have its moments though. I really, really wanted to love it, because Peter Paige is so perfect in everything else that he does. Perhaps the next film he directs will be more of a success. I truly hope so.
    Stevie S Super Reviewer

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