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If Dad Only Knew (2004)

Outing Riley (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 10 October 2004 (USA)
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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Bob Riley ...
Mr. Riley
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Dana Lynne Gilhooley ...
Carly
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Busboy / Priest
J. David Ruby ...
Howie
Ashley Giancola ...
Holly Avery
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Steve Dahl ...
Mr. Berk
Tracy Amico ...
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Dan Bernstein ...
Bartender Larry
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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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Mr. Berk (played by Steve Dahl) is mis-credited within the captions as Mr. Burke. See more »

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Bobby Riley: [narrating] That's my eldest brother, Father Jack. The nice thing about having a brother that's a priest is no matter how much of a jackass I am, I'm a lock to get into heaven.
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Refreshingly entertaining and well made
27 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

This film is about a young man having to come out to his 4 brothers, including a catholic priest, that he is gay.

I find "Outing Riley" a lot more entertaining than many gay films. For a start, it is made really professionally. It has got nice sets, good camera work and also people who can act! The most refreshing thing of all is that it has no campness, stereotypes or clichés that plagues a lot of these films. Much of the time, I thought I was watching a straight film. It's just like watching "American Pie" at times, for example having 4 guys drinking and goofing around, peeping at hot girls. If the character Andy was changed to a woman, then "Outing Riley" could well have been a typical Hollywood romantic or teenage sex comedy.


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