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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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Pete Jones

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Pete Jones
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pete Jones ... Bobby Riley
Nathan Fillion ... Luke Riley
Stoney Westmoreland ... Connor Riley
Dev Kennedy Dev Kennedy ... Jack Riley
Julie Pearl ... Maggie Riley
Bob Riley Bob Riley ... Mr. Riley
Michael McDonald ... Andy
Dana Lynne Gilhooley Dana Lynne Gilhooley ... Carly
Jim Rose ... Busboy / Priest
J. David Ruby J. David Ruby ... Howie
Ashley Giancola Ashley Giancola ... Holly Avery
Marc Singletary Marc Singletary ... Boyfriend
Steve Dahl Steve Dahl ... Mr. Berk
Tracy Amico Tracy Amico ... Bar Girl
Dan Bernstein 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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Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doubting Riley See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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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 Maggie. She's the youngest and only girl among four boys. When we were kids, Maggie and I went on expeditions in search of her lost penis. We never found it.
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References Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998) See more »

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This is not a gay film...
4 November 2007 | by HowdySee all my reviews

I don't think there was a single gay person working on this film...and it showed. This is not a gay film, it is what a straight guy, who has probably never seen a gay film, thinks a gay film should be. Like Brokeback Mountain, which was made almost entirely by straight people, I never felt the sincerity of the gay thing. However, unlike Brokeback, this didn't have the story, the scenery or the strong acting to keep me entertained (even if I never fully believe that Jake and Heath were in love.) I knew nothing about this film, or writer/director/star Pete Jones, yet after watching it I was absolutely sure that he was straight and probably not all that familiar with gay people. As it turns out, he is straight and in one interview he admitted to very limited exposure to gay people. No surprise there. But I was further disappointed to read his kissing-a-boy-is-icky interview where he talks about how nervous he and everyone else was when they filmed the kiss in bed. He talks about it like it was so difficult and it was some big deal that they made it through the scene. Ugh. You didn't cure cancer...you touched lips with a guy. Stop acting like it was some huge achievement. All of these straight actors doing gay films need to take a lesson from Patrick Swayze who did some wonderful interviews after To Wong Foo and didn't turn into a giggling fifth grader when he talked about playing gay. Also Hilary Swank -- great interviews on playing queer. So, while this is not the worst film I've ever seen (not even the worst gay film) this film did nothing for me and I do not recommend the rental.


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