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Say Uncle

Peter Paige of the Showtime series Queer as Folk makes his writing and directing debut with this daring but often flat-footed comedy about a young gay man (Paige) whose affinity for children gets him tagged as a pedophile. After being separated from his beloved godson, he starts hanging around playgrounds, exploring adoption, and applying for jobs at child-oriented retail stores; meanwhile a neighborhood busybody (Kathy Najimy) starts organizing local parents against him. Paige scores some solid rhetorical points, exposing the foolishness of those who equate homosexuality with pedophilia, yet the weirdly infantile hero and his shrewish nemesis are so broadly drawn that they reduce the complex situation to a sitcom. With Gabrielle Union, Anthony Clark, and Lisa Edelstein. 90 min.

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