31 October 2015
Movie Review: Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!
I had no idea that Desmond Child's The Word is Love got an Oscar nomination. Oy vey! This romantic comedy is a mature variation on the adolescent coming out narrative with the urban New York Jewish cultural milieu as backdrop. The Jewish mother is Lainie Kazan so I knew I'd like it instantly although there is nothing deep about this movie. It could have been made for TV. Bruce Vilanch also plays her hilarious closet-gay married brother. Anyways, it has value as ethnographic self-reflection in relationship to the cultural context of heterosexist patriarchy and how that is articulated in different cultures.