Say it Isn't So

Starring: Heather Graham, Chris Klein and Sally Field
20th Century Fox
RRP: 9.99
Certificate: 15
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When Gilbert Noble meets the girl of his dreams, it is not long before the couple are engaged to be married. But then a disastrous personal revelation drives them apart, and also costs Gil his job. A year or so later, Gil sets out to win Jo back, but she is already engaged to another man...

As Jo and Gil, Heather Graham (Austin Powers 2, From Hell) and Chris Klein (American Pie 1 and 2) are pretty much the straight characters in this wacky comedy.

Produced by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, who directed Dumb and Dumber and There's Something About Mary, there's something of a similarity to the basic premise of Mary. It's the familiar tale of boy meets girl; boy is separated from girl by a tragic and socially debilitating circumstance; boy attempts to locate girl and win her back, but is faced by determined competition.

As you would expect, there are plenty of politically incorrect and/or bad-taste jokes to offend delicate sensibilities everywhere. The name of Jo's home town, Beaver, provides obvious humorous potential, which is exploited to the full! Other jokes revolve around such matters as pierced nipples, incest, necrophilia and physical disabilities. I did initially feel that the depiction of Jo's unfortunate stroke-afflicted father, Walter (Richard Jenkins), was a bit beyond the pale, but the balance is ultimately redressed by a heroic moment towards the end of the movie.

Special mention must be made of Sally Field's splendidly seedy performance as Jo's graceless mother, Valdine. Meanwhile Orlando Jones, playing the stoned pilot Dig McCaffrey, who Gil - quite literally - bumps into en route to Beaver, enjoys greater opportunities to exhibit his comic talents than he did during Evolution.

This film is not as outrageously madcap as Dumb and Dumber or as heart-warming as American Pie, but it's still well worth 90 minutes of your time. As a bonus (and no doubt attempting to rake back some sales figures from the booming DVD market), there are a few deleted scenes and a five-minute featurette at the end of the tape.

Richard McGinlay

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