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If Dad Only Knew (2004)

Outing Riley (original title)
Bobby, the youngest boy in an Irish Catholic family, is gay and his coming out to his brothers and the family's way of dealing with the news is the basis of this film.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bobby Riley
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Luke Riley
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Connor Riley
Dev Kennedy ...
Jack Riley
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Bob Riley ...
Mr. Riley
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Andy
Dana Lynne Gilhooley ...
Carly
Jim Rose ...
Busboy / Priest
J. David Ruby ...
Howie
Ashley Giancola ...
Holly Avery
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Boyfriend
Steve Dahl ...
Mr. Berk
Tracy Amico ...
Bar Girl
Dan Bernstein ...
Bartender Larry
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Storyline

Bobby is a gay man in the closet in 2003, afraid to come out to his three older brothers, even though he's at least 30 and is being pressed by his sister, his boyfriend, and his lesbian beard to tell the lads. The death of his father and a fishing trip with his brothers provide occasions when he could tell them, but he fails. When he screws his courage to the sticking point, how will they react, and how will he deal with their reactions? He imagines a movie of his rather boring life - surrounded by possibilities - but can anything overcome the insular narrow-mindedness of a big Irish Catholic family in Chicago? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$700,000 (estimated)
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When the siblings are gathered at their parents' house to look through the items at the house, Luke is heard saying "another round?" twice: just before and then again just after he says, "you are never too drunk to be pilfering your dead parents' house for goods." See more »

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Bobby Riley: [narrating] That's my older brother Luke. Luke's that rare oddity in an Irish family. He can go out in the sun with something lower than SPF 45 and not burn. If gay marriage were legal in Chicago - about as likely as the Cubs winning the World Series - Luke would be my best man.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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So, he's not really gay in real life....
29 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That's why it's called ACTING? HELLO? I loved this film! I thought it was well done. WTF is wrong with people? I thought it was a typical macho straight family response to act the way they did, and 'OF COURSE' a family member who is a priest is going to act the way he did. Yes, there were a lot of stereotypes in this film. Hell, stereotypes have got to come from somewhere, right? I know many queer people and gee, we're all one big diverse family just like the rest of the world!

Too many GLBT people are shunned by their family when they 'come out'. Many gay and lesbian bi and trans people lose all contact with family and may end up committing suicide. Especially people under 25. Everybody needs to know that they are LOVED.

Please don't shut GLBT family and friends out of your life.

I loved this movie!


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