MONTREAL FILM FESTIVAL WRAP UP 2009
by Stephen Holt
On a lighter note the marvelously catchy titled â€œOy Vey, My Son is Gay!â€ provided a welcome comic counterbalance at the FFM, as itâ€™s abbreviated.
Sold-out screenings with turn-away audiences â€œOy Veyâ€ lined up the straight and gay, Jew and goy audiences, and enveloped them in a big, warm, gay embrace.
Hopelessly, unabashedly retro, how can you not love a film that gives both Bruce Vilanch, Carmen Electra and Laine Kazan the roles of their careers?
Kazan has been waiting all her life, since going on as Barbra Streisandâ€™s understudy for â€œFunny Girlâ€ on Broadway, for this great character. As Shirley Hirsch, she chews up all the scenery in Hollywood as a ferocious Vot Else? Jewish Mama Rose who can NOT Believe her adorable boy-chik son Nelson (John Lloyd Young) is gay. Once you get over that very â€™70s premise, Eygeny Afineevskyâ€™s â€œOy Veyâ€ could actually garner the long overdue veteran Kazan a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. Sheâ€™s THAT good! And Bruce Vilanch plays the straight uncle. Yes, he does. And yes, he can. Carmen Electra plays the â€œbeardâ€ who Shirley & family mistakenly THINKS Nelson is going to marry. Oy Vey, indeed!
I hope all these wonderful, diverse films are soon seen in the US.