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Say It Isn't So (2001)

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Jo and Gilly date. They find out they're brother and sister. Jo moves away. Gilly finds out that he's not Jo's brother and that Jo's getting married. Can he stop the wedding in time?

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J.B. Rogers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Klein ... Gilbert Noble
Heather Graham ... Josephine Wingfield
Orlando Jones ... Dig McCaffrey
Sally Field ... Valdine Wingfield
Richard Jenkins ... Walter Wingfield
John Rothman ... Larry Falwell
Jack Plotnick ... Leon Pitofsky
Eddie Cibrian ... Jack Mitchelson
Mark Pellegrino ... Jimmy Mitchelson
Brent Hinkley ... Streak
Henry Cho Henry Cho ... Freddy
Richard Riehle ... Sheriff Merle Hobbs
Brent Briscoe ... Detective Vic Vetter
Ezra Buzzington ... Stewart
Julie White ... Ruthie Falwell
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Storyline

Young orphan Gilly (Klein) finds out his lover Jo (Graham) may actually be his biological sister. After they break up he discovers he's not related and travels across the country to stop her impending wedding. Unfortunately the entire nation has heard the same story and thinks he's just after incestuous thrills. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, crude humor and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dime que no es cierto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,861,903, 25 March 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,516,708, 13 May 2001
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The town of Beaver, Oregon does exist. It is located 20 miles South of Tillamook, OR, and 20 miles East of the Pacific Ocean. However, no filming of this movie ever took place even remotely close to it. See more »

Goofs

When Josephine drives the car herself, she has curly hair when she gets in, and straight hair when she gets out. See more »

Quotes

Dig McCaffrey: Jack Mitchelson got millions from his daddy. He's what we call a multi-millionaire. And in my experience, women like dead presidents more than broke boyfriends. No romance without finance, daddy.
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Alternate Versions

DVD includes six deleted/altered scenes, one of which is an extended ending where, after Klein finds out who his mom is, we cut to him and Graham on the roof to his vet office and he says that there is are only lonely people then they kiss and live happily ever after. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Strange Wilderness (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
Written by Richard Wagner
Arrangement by Otto Sieben
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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The title says it all
5 April 2002 | by Mr. PulseSee all my reviews

The title of Say It Isn't So is a better review of the movie than anything I can write. Just when I thought I had seen the worst 2001 had to offer (Including, among others, Freddy Got Fingered, 3000 Miles to Graceland and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider), this movie pops up on late night cable and makes me wish it hadn't. Let's be blunt; this movie stinks.

If there is a God in the universe in which this movie takes place, then Gilbert Noble (Chris Klein) is his favorite person to torture when He's having a bad day. Gillie is an orphan, a lonely guy working at his local animal shelter. He finds the love of his life Jo Wingfield (Heather Graham), but there's a problem. It seems that Jo's parents are also Gillie's. Jo leaves and finds another guy, when Gillie discovers that he isn't really her brother, so he heads after her.

The incest joke could, I suppose, have been good for one laugh in a movie. But as the WHOLE movie, it is a rather thin, and the script (by Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow) feels like a Farrelly Brothers ripoff, not the real thing. Odd since Peter and Bobby Farrelly are actually two of the producers on this movie.

As told in the film, everyone in the entire world except Gillie, Jo and one or two other characters, is cold, heartless, and greedy. Gillie is held to a standard of behavior whereby he would need precognitive telepathic abilities to act properly. Even though he didn't know he was sleeping with his sister, he is ridiculed mercilessly, scorned, and abandoned by his "parents." You feel bad for Gillie, especially since Jo is an awful mate, except that she looks like Heather Graham. They fall for each other as she gives him an awful haircut and cuts off his ear. This, Van Gogh fans, is played for laughs.

The movie is a series of low notes. I thought it couldn't get worse when Sally Field wiped her armpits with a sandwich to give to her stroke-inflicted husband, but that was before the movie shifted locations to Beaver, Oregon, hitting the audience over the head with Beaver joke after Beaver joke. They finally flog that bit to death, but just when you see the light at the end of the tunnel, Gillie sticks his arm in a bull's behind up to his shoulder, then gets dragged through town, then loses something in there he has to retrieve. Chris Klein, so good in Election and American Pie, followed those two fine movies with Say It Isn't So and Rollerball. Say this for him, it's only up from here.

The only reason to watch this movie is the soundtrack, featuring songs by Teenage Fanclub, Third Eye Blind, and others. I'd like to say skip the movie and get the soundtrack, but apparently the movie did so poorly they never even bothered to release it on CD. I know what you're thinking, "No soundtrack? Say it isn't so!"


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