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Strange Relations (2001)
"My Beautiful Son" (original title)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  31 March 2002 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lipman
Ellen (as Amber Rose Sealey)
Lachele Carl ...
Party Girl
Todd Boyce ...
Esther Lipman
Nicola Barnfield ...
Mary Cunningham ...
Mrs. Brailsford
Sheila Fitzpatrick
Amy Robbins ...
Gregory Fossard ...
Rowan Humphries ...
Suzanne Hitchmough ...


Jerry is a successful New York psychiatrist who is diagnosed with leukemia. When he tells his mother, she reveals that Jerry was adopted from a young Catholic girl called Sheila in Liverpool, England. Jerry's desperation for a bone-marrow transplant leads him to working-class Liverpool to find his mother and see if he has any siblings. Along the way, he finds out more about himself than he knew. Written by beingbettedavis

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Drama | Comedy

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Rated R for language, sexuality and some drug content





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Jerry Lipman: Toxteth, mother. Tox-teth. Yeah, sort of a combination of the words "toxic" and "death".
Esther Lipman: So it's a slum?
Jerry Lipman: It aspires to be a slum.
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27 August 2005 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This is definitely one of the best movies I have ever seen and I only saw it by accident. It was on TV in New Zealand and had a poor review so I only intended seeing the first 5 minutes... thank goodness I didn't switch off. Maybe you have to know Liverpool and scouses well to understand this movie but the acting, storyline, characters and dialogue are fantastic. Fortunately the movie does not dwell on the sadder aspects of the storyline but focuses on the Liverpudlian characters, their attitude to life and scouse humour. Julie Walter's deserves every award possible for her role but it seems has missed out. A great movie - don't miss.

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