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Nunzio's Second Cousin (1994)

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A masculine gay cop teaches a lesson to a group of young homophobes.

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Sgt. Tony Randozza
Miles Perlich ...
Jimmy
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Mrs. Randazzo
David Fresco ...
Mr. Porcin
Harry Waters Jr. ...
Levon (Randazzo's Date)
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Homophobe 2 (as Christian Meoli)
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Jarred Blancard ...
Homophobe 4
Joshua Schaefer ...
Homophobe 5 (as Josh Schaefer)
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Vincent D'Onofrio portrays Sgt. Randozza, a beefy and gay Chicago cop. One night, as he's leaving a bar with his lover, a gang of high-school punks with baseball bats decide to do some "fag-bashing". Tony's gun cools them off, and after giving them a brutally verbal dressing down, he forces the leader of the gang, the leather-jacketed Jimmy, to come to his house the next night for dinner. Jimmy shows up, frightened out of his wits, and in a wild scene that includes Eileen Brennan as Tony's ditzy mother, the young tough gets a harsh lesson in sexual tolerance. Written by Anonymous

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Sgt. Tony Randozza: Bashing fags doesn't stop you from becoming one.
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Exploring the motive for bashing in an amusing way.
24 October 2001 | by (Albuquerque, NM) – See all my reviews

Other than D'Onofrio's character looking really out of place with his date, I thought the film was very funny. Eileen Brennan is a riot as D'Onofrio's mother who utters the phrase that titles the film. D'Onofrio, one of today's best actors, is very intense in his role as an angry gay cop who just might consider himself outside the law. The teenager brought to dinner keeps the "deer in headlights" look throughout the film. Funnier might have been putting Seth Green into that role and letting him have some input into the character. However, I believe this short was filmed well prior to its release date of 1997, and Mr. Green's comedic talent was not as well known during filming as it is now. Thusly, his role is extremely brief.

This film is likely a shock for all the straight people who are used to seeing us gay people in "Will and Grace" type roles, and don't expect us to show up in more macho professions or looking like Vincent D'Onofrio. It's also probably too close to the bone for some "straight" men who lash out at gays, but take as many legitimate opportunities to get physical and "bond" with other men as possible. Great work.


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