Friends and Family | Chicago Reader

Friends and Family

Everything's sugarcoated in this mild but likable comic fantasy (2000) about two closeted gay lovers who work for one of New York's bigger organized crime families. Director Kristen Coury portrays the mob as a safe harbor in a crazy world, where tradition, loyalty, and family still matter, and the lovers are the kind of pasteurized homosexuals popular on TV—neat, handsome, stylishly upscale, and utterly sexless. The story, by Joseph Triebwasser, is a sitcom perennial: one fellow's midwestern parents, aware that their son is gay but not that he kills people for a living, decide to drop in for a surprise visit. The results are amiably bland, and while the farcical ending is quite funny, the story is so far removed from reality that it's disorienting. 92 min.

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