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Клетка для братвы (2001)

Friends and Family (original title)
A gay couple are hit men for the mafia.

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Kristen Coury

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Lauren ... Stephen Torcelli
Chris Gartin ... Danny Russo
Rebecca Creskoff ... Jenny Patrizzi
Edward Hibbert ... Richard Grayson
Allison Mackie ... Cheryl
Meshach Taylor ... Bruno
Beth Fowler ... Mrs. Torcelli
Frank Pellegrino ... Mr. Torcelli
Johnny Russo ... Max
Sam Coppola ... Carlo Ricci
Mike Arotsky Mike Arotsky ... Unruly Customer (as Mike Arotzky)
Michael Squicciarini Michael Squicciarini ... Ray (as Michael 'Scuch' Squicciarini)
Frank Minucci Frank Minucci ... Leo
Richard Petrocelli ... Eddie
Elisa Heinsohn Elisa Heinsohn ... Tania / Singer at Banquet
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Children and parents. In New York City, Stephen and Danny live well: they're smooth, cool, in love, and good at what they do. Stephen's Midwestern parents pay them a surprise visit. Meanwhile, Jenny and Damon tell their parents they are engaged: Matt's parents, Midwestern paramilitary fanatics, take it as a sign to gather their group to invade New York. Jenny's father is the local Mob boss who employs Stephen and Danny as enforcers. He's unhappy that Jenny is marrying someone who is neither Sicilian nor Catholic. Stephen's parents know he's gay, they just don't know what his job is. Here come the parents; will the children survive? All roads lead to the engagement party. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Meet the real gay mafia!

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

17 June 2004 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Клетка для братвы See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Goofs

When called upon to speak at his birthday party, Mr. Torcelli knocks his champagne glass off the table. In the next shot his glass is back on the table. See more »

Quotes

Stella Patrizzi: Why? Why are you always talking bad about your sons, Victor? And with their children sitting right here.
Victor Patrizzi: A soldier must inspire fear, Stella. Vito and Frankie do not inspire fear.
Stella Patrizzi: Of COURSE they inspire fear. I'm afraid of them. Everybody's afraid of them. Stephen, Danny, tell him how afraid you are of Vito and Frankie.
Victor Patrizzi: The dancing girls at THE CLUB are not afraid of Vito and Frankie. Stick to cooking.
Victor Patrizzi: [to Stephen and Danny] Heh, my wife, I beg her to let me get her a maid.
Victor Patrizzi: [back to Stella] Why ...
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References Всё о Еве (1950) See more »

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You Can't Surprise Me
Written by Walter Edgar Kennon a/k/a Skip Kennon
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What Were They Thinking?
8 June 2008 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Although I liked the film's visual and musical style, and the production design was good, "Friends And Family" suffers from a terrible script and poor casting. The idea that two gay lovers would be part of a mafia ring is both silly and not credible. And the subplot of the paramilitary militia, as comedy, is stupid in the extreme. When you take these two plot contrivances out of the script, you don't have a story. I don't know what the screenwriter and the director were thinking; but this dreadful concept does not work.

The other big problem here is the casting. The two male lead actors (Greg Lauren and Christopher Gartin, both of whom are obviously straight) have zero chemistry as gay lovers. Did they have in their contracts some stipulation that they would play gay roles only if they didn't have to touch each other? That's the impression that their so-called "performances" convey. Whatever reason, their on-screen "relationship" is more like best buddies with girlfriends who never show up. Casting truly gay actors, no matter how little talent they had, would have been more convincing.

With the gay Richard character so flamboyant, and with all those drag queens, one wonders if the real intent of this film was actually to perpetuate gay stereotypes.

As such, this movie seems like some cheaply made cinematic throwback to an earlier era, say the early 1980s, closer in time to "The Godfather", and when "gay" TV sitcoms and movies like "Tootsie" existed for viewers to laugh at gay people. "Friends And Family" is strictly for the Disney crowd and retro viewers. It's comfy, palatable, shallow fluff lacking in both real-world credibility and thematic depth.


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