Say Uncle (2006)



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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.
R (for some language)
Comedy , Drama , Gay & Lesbian
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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
Marc Samuel
as Keith
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
Nina Hambleton
as Lindsay
Alexandra Morrison
as 6-Year-Old Girl
Madeline Dean
as Ashley
Sophie Schoenfeld
as Kid No. 1
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)

Laughless, pointless and downright creepy.

June 30, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 30, 2006
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

June 29, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

June 29, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A movie that made my skin crawl.

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

Full Review… | June 22, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Say Uncle


A good idea and story, but something about it felt empty to me. They didn't push it hard enough and make it feel real.

Holly Danto
Holly Danto

meh. take it or leave it. it probably would've been more convincing if the lead character wasn't actually so creepy toward these kids. it could have really been a powerful film with a powerful statement to make, but instead i was left with no empathy whatsoever for his situation.

Lisa Kretschman
Lisa Kretschman

A great first film from Peter Paige. At time hilarious, heartbreaking and disturbing. The film exposes the paranoid suburban nature of the bored heavy housewife. The film suffers from first time director syndrome, i.e. it lags in parts, has trouble finding it's footing, but none of it's flaws are big enough to detract from the fact that it's a great, human, original story. I highly recommend this film, not only to QaF lovers, but to anyone who enjoys an original, well written indie dramedy with heart.

Louis Falcetti
Louis Falcetti

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