"Depraved Comic Spin"
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SAY IT ISN’T SO is only slightly less outrageous than THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY. It’s also a lot less funny, although its romance between the leads is more wholesome. The romance slightly mitigates the obnoxious, offensive quality of the rest of the story, which is filled with scatological humor, very crude sexual humor, jokes about a double amputee, and jokes about stroke victims. What it doesn’t mitigate, however, is the movie’s sometimes cynical attitude toward Jo and Gilly’s romantic relationship, which the filmmakers have tried to make as corny as possible
(Ro, PaPaPa, Ho, LLL, VV, SS, NN, A, DD, MM) Romantic worldview with strong pagan behavior depicted for some very crude, sometimes sick humor including at least one crude homosexual joke; at least 55 obscenities, 24 profanities, many crude sexual references, stroke victim drools, woman wipes bread on her armpits & feeds it to stroke victim, bird dung falls on man, & man accidentally gets arm stuck in cow’s rectum; slapstick violence such as hair stylist accidentally cuts off top of man’s ear, car hits double amputee, men drop paralyzed stroke victim, man rams truck, man beaten, man accidentally hit with pipe meant to hit another man, & explosion; implied fornication & crude references to masturbation, incest, necrophilia, & oral sex; upper female nudity & nude couple lies together; alcohol use; smoking & positive & negative references to marijuana; and, cheating, lying, dysfunctional family is butt of jokes, crude jokes about stroke victims, & jokes about double amputee.
Produced by the Farrelly Brothers who made THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, SAY IT ISN’T SO is another depraved comic spin on the classic love story: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl. This time, the money-grubbing parents of the beautiful young girl, Jo, fool the lovesick young couple into believing that they are actually brother and sister. This happens when the young man, an adopted dogcatcher named Gilly, hires a detective to find his birth mother. Jo relocates to Oregon, where she decides to marry the richest man in town. When Gilly learns that the detective has made a terrible mistake, he frantically pursues Jo before she can tie the knot. Along his journey, he gets help from a double amputee named Dig, played by Orlando Jones of DOUBLE TAKE.
SAY IT ISN’T SO is only slightly less outrageous than THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY. It’s also a lot less funny. Unlike Mary in that movie, Jo presents a sweeter, more innocent demeanor. There’s also a more wholesome quality to the relationship between her and Gilly. These things slightly mitigate the obnoxious, offensive quality of the rest of the story, which is filled with scatological humor, very crude sexual humor, jokes about a double amputee, and sick jokes about stroke victims. What they don’t mitigate, however, is the movie’s sometimes cynical attitude toward Jo and Gilly’s romantic relationship, which the filmmakers have tried to make as corny as possible in several scenes.
The acting in this movie is only passable. The worst may be Sally Field’s stupid portrayal of Jo’s white trash mother. Even this kind of comedy requires at least some semblance of verbal wit and comical physical grace. SAY IT ISN’T SO lacks both.