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SAY IT ISNíT SO
Reviewed October 21st, 2001 by David Nusair

 

Itís gotten to the point now, with more and more gross-out comedies hitting the market, that such movies compete with each other to become more and more disgusting. But the problem is movies like Say It Isnít So are substituting comedy for vomit-inducing imagery.

The gross-out comedy hadnít hit rock bottom when Say It Isnít So hit theaters (that honor went to Tom Greenís Freddy Got Fingered, which featured, among other things, Green stroking an erect horse penis), but it comes awfully close. Chris Klein stars as Gilly, a clueless animal catcher that lives a dull existence. That all changes, though, when he spots a beautiful new hairdresser (played by Heather Graham). After she slices off his ear (which we get to see), the two begin dating and proceed to fall in love. Their relationship is thrown for a loop, however, when itís revealed that theyíre actually brother and sister. The two go their separate ways, until Gilly discovers that theyíre not actually related. Now Gilly has to stop her before she marries a duplicitous jerk.

There are few laughs to be had during the running time of Say It Isnít So (most of which are courtesy of Richard Jenkins, whoís playing Grahamís stroke-victim impaired father), but mostly, this is just filler. And by the end, the movie turns into a sappy romance. The movie was produced by the Farrelly brothers, who are obviously attempting to ape the success of Thereís Something About Mary (which also sucked, but thatís for another review). Thereís very little to find funny here Ė even the usually hilarious Orlando Jones flounders in a bit part as a legless crazy guy Ė which is especially jarring since thatís seemingly all the movie as going for it. Say It Isnít So has eschewed realistic characters for supposedly hilarious set pieces, but since most of them fall flat on their respective asses, thereís not much left.

Still, the performers are affable (even the usually detestable Chris Klein is fairly charming) and the pace is quick, but really, thereís just got to be a more productive way to spend 90 minutes.

Audio: Say It Isnít So is accompanied by a 5.1 DD soundtrack, and it never quite lives up to it. There are a few scenes that start to take advantage of the track (such as the car wreck that comes late in the film), but mostly, this is an unimpressive effort. But to be fair, dialogue is always crisp and clear. To expect a movie like this to have an aggressive soundtrack is perhaps unrealistic, but Say It Isnít Soís track is just so... underwhelming.

Video: But on the other hand, thereís the transfer. Presented in a ratio of 1.85:1 and anamorphically enhanced, this Fox transfer is quite impressive. Outdoor shots are lush and deep, while darker scenes (such as the confrontation inside a bar between Klein and Jones) are remarkably clear and free of artifacts.

Extras: First up is a commentary track with director James B. Rogers and star Chris Klein. These guys are obviously friends and it shows. While not the most informative track around, this is pretty entertaining Ė though the quiet spots do increase as the movie progresses. Up next is one of those useless 4-minute making of featurettes that essentially consists of everyone in the cast complimenting each other and the director. This is a complete waste of time. Next are six deleted scenes. These are mostly extensions of existing scenes, and are generally just as lame as the stuff they left in the movie. Lastly, there are five TV commercials and a full-screen trailer.

Conclusion: Say It Isnít So might appeal to less-discriminating 9-year-olds and mentally handicapped seniors, but thatís about it.

 

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