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Say It Isn't So!

review by Zach B.


Rated R

Studio: Fox

Running Time: 95 minutes

Starring Heather Graham, Chris Klein, Orlando Jones, Richard Jenkins and Sally Field

Written by Peter Gaulke & Gerry Swallow

Directed by J.B. Rogers

Retail Price: $29.98

Features: Audio Commentary with Director J.B. Rogers and Chris Klein, Featurette, Deleted Scenes with optional Commentary, TV Spots, Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround, English Closed Captions, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Chapter Search (20 Chapters)

Released: August 21st, 2001

I already talked about how Fox got toasted with the bomb Monkeybone during February (click on that link to read more on that matter), but the following month Fox got roasted again with "Say It Isn't So!". Piss poor reviews and terrible box office pretty much ruined the film, despite the fact that it was from "The Farrelly Brothers" (they produced the movie, they did not write and/or direct it which I think threw some people off). Perhaps the days of "There's Something About Mary" are long behind us, as gross-out comedies haven't fared well at the box office as of late. As I write this, the summer sequel "Scary Movie 2" isn't bringing in as big of numbers as the original. I like a good comedy, so how does "Say It Isn't So!" measure up? Let us see...

The always likeable Chris Klein plays Gilly, a dogcatcher who soon meets and falls in love with Jo (Heather Graham). As the two do become close to one another, Chris also sets out to find his birth parents. He soon finds them alright... and they're Jo's parents. So, that would make them siblings, right? Yep. EW! This puts everyone into a tizzy, as Gilly becomes hated and outcasted. However, it soon turns out that there was a mistake and they are not related. With a little help from Gid (Orlando Jones), Gilly sets out to win back the girl of his dreams from a wealthy guy.

Now for my usual pun: just say this movie isn't so funny (HAHAHAHAHA... SORRY). I mentioned gross-out comedies earlier in this review, and this movie isn't really that gross. I'm not a big fan of gross out comedies, because they rely on stupid, cheap laughs and I find them to be very overrated. "There's Something About Mary" is a perfect example. People make giant deals about certain scenes that you expect to be so great, but they never really are and you come out watching it disappointed. "Say It Isn't So!" features some slapstick moments, "gross out scenes" that are not disgusting and finally, stupid one-liners that are just terrible. This movie does not delivers the laughs. Nearly all of the stuff in this movie isn't really exciting or anything new. Considering the subject matter and crazy townies, I expected a whole lot better from this movie. There could have been some real outrageous moments, but alas, there's nothing to talk about really.

This movie lacks any real depth too. Believe it or not, it does try to be romantic but it feels so out of the context I found it laughable and easy to mock. Yet I feel the laughs fail so much is how the story is presented. It's a really, really lightweight story and doesn't bother to develop what it sets up briefly. Everything here seems so bland and one-dimensional. The main and supporting characters are never really developed so we're not sure how to feel about them, some of them seem pretty stereotypical which just annoyed me. The writing here is just terrible. And the ending is just stupid and an attempt to make sure that all the characters get their just desserts.

J.B. Rogers makes his directorial debut with this movie, as he been assistant director on quite a few other movies ("American Pie" and some Farrelly films come to mind). He does a decent job with the shoddy material and sets a good pace, but I mean, he failed to realize the potential the movie had. The performances are nothing great either so the movie fails to be even believable in that sense. Sometimes acting can help make a movie better, but not here. I will mention Orlando Jones though, who actually uses a lot of expression and is the only one who does a good job in the film. I like Orlando Jones, so I was glad to see him pick up the film a little despite the fact his character is barely developed and is merely a supporting player.

"Say It Isn't So!" is not worth your time. It's not funny, it's stupid and it's really nothing new as far as jokes and wacky comedy goes. This movie could have been entertaining and a comedy classic, but it fails to take a premise, oddball characters and the like and do nothing really good with them. Say it isn't so Zach! Say it isn't so! Well, sorry, it is.

"Say It Isn't So!" is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, and the image is jawdropping and looks incredible. Except for a few little instances, this transfer is really amazing. The wide variety of colors are really well saturated and vibrant which bring a nice dimension to the image. Black level and detail is also great. My problems basically were some dirt and blemishes that appear here and there, but otherwise, it doesn't get better then this.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track for the film sounds pretty impressive for the material. It's nothing earth-shattering, but it gets the job done really well. There are some action packed surrounds such as the ridiculous ending, when Gid get hit by the car and the whole airplane incident. .1 LFE is pretty good while I found the speakers to truly come alive during the music which is well mixed. Dialogue is clear and not distorted, and nothing overpowers it. This is a nice 5.1 mix that fits the movie well. English and French Dolby Surround tracks are included as well as English closed captioning plus English and Spanish subtitles.

While it's not a packed special edition and despite the film bombing, Fox has provided a worthwhile package for "Say It Isn't So!". Starting with an Audio Commentary with Director J.B. Rogers and Chris Klein, the two provide a decent commentary though it's nothing spectacular. There's not much insight to provide with this movie, but the two (who have been edited together into a nice, seamless track) talk about the action on screen, casting, ad-libs and a lot more. The comments are pretty simple, and Klein really does sound like a nice, friendly guy but it's not that exciting. If you liked the movie and wanted to hear what these two have to say, give a listen.

As if the movie wasn't bad enough, there are Six Deleted Scenes complete with optional commentary from J.B. Rogers. Some of these scenes are extensions or alternative versions. Rogers offers decent commentary about the cuts made and the quality of these scenes are in really clean non-anamorphic widescreen. However, they sometimes change to black and white to color and back. It's a bit weird.

A short, four mintue twenty second Featurette that's purely promo is included that has behind-the-scenes clips, footage from the movie and interviews. And rounding out the disc are Five TV Spots and a full frame Theatrical Trailer and two channel sound.

On another note, I hate the bland box art and the press release advertises a Comedy Central special plus one of those E! channel behind-the-scenes half-hour specials they usually show on weekends. Neither are on the disc, and for some reason a menu pic is on the back of the box that shows the Comedy Central special being included. Weird.

While "Say It Isn't So!" is no comic masterpiece and had a lot of potential which goes to waste, Fox has put together a nice package for the film. Fans of the film should check it out.

(2/5 - NOT included in final score)




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