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A Family Affair (2001)

Rachel flees NYC after another traumatic breakup and arrives at her parents' home in San Diego. They are adamant to see their wayward daughter settle down with a nice girl. Rachel goes on ... See full summary »


Helen Lesnick


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Lesnick Helen Lesnick ... Rachel Rosen
Erica Shaffer ... Christine Peterson
Arlene Golonka ... Leah Rosen
Barbara Stuart ... Sylvia Peterson
Michele Greene ... Reggie Abravanel
Suzanne Westenhoefer Suzanne Westenhoefer ... Carol Rosen
Michael Moerman Michael Moerman ... Sam Rosen
David Radford David Radford ... Joe
Don Loper Don Loper ... Matthew Rosen
Keith E. Wright Keith E. Wright ... Rob
Mark DeWhitt Mark DeWhitt ... Danny
Tracy Hughes Tracy Hughes ... Nancy
Joel Hepner Joel Hepner ... Stanley Peterson
Suzana Norberg ... Kathi (as Sue Wakefield)
Michael McGee Michael McGee ... Barry


Rachel flees NYC after another traumatic breakup and arrives at her parents' home in San Diego. They are adamant to see their wayward daughter settle down with a nice girl. Rachel goes on several blind dates that misfire badly. She finally lets her mother set her up with Christine, a typical Californian girl. Much to Rachel's chagrin, mom is right! Meanwhile, Rachel's friends wait for her to screw up the relationship. They know, even if she won't admit it, that she still carries a torch for her ex-girlfriend and they're not sure what would happen if she reappeared to reclaim Rachel. Written by Helen Lesnick

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The Course of True Love doesn't always run Straight...


Comedy | Romance



Official Sites:

Atta Girl Productions





Release Date:

14 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,156, 23 February 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$41,463, 6 July 2003
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Atta Girl Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo


Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


References The Ellen Show (2001) See more »


Written by 'Neill, Westlind, De La Isla
Performed by Natasha's Ghost
Courtesy of FUA Records
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A Vanity Production
22 November 2005 | by madbeastSee all my reviews

This appallingly contrived and humorless film about a Jewish lesbian who has two attractive women battling over her contains only one intriguing aspect: how Helen Lesnick (who wrote, directed and stars - all ineptly) managed to raise the funds to make this nonsense. Lesnick's heavy-handed, witless screenplay would have us believe that her obnoxious, self-absorbed and physically unappealing character would have two strikingly beautiful women battling over her without any indication of what each sees in this tiresome woman.

The sole bright spot is the radiant presence of Erica Shaffer, whose iridescent smile and warm personality brightens an otherwise pointless film. But casting such an attractive actress as the woman who would not only put up with having to duke it out with another woman to keep the relationship going, but is willing to convert to Judaisim for her love makes the situation all the more implausible. Lesnick is not only an untalented actress, but lacks the physical attractiveness to explain why such a beautiful woman would give her a second glance, much less make her her life-mate. Casting an actress more in Lesnick's league would have given the film a little more plausibility, but it also would have robbed it of the only reason to watch it in the first place. It also would have denied Lesnick the ego trip of playing love scenes with such a beautiful woman, which seems to have been the only reason for her to have made the film at all.

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