The end-of-year movie rush is on, and it’s rich in films of Jewish interest, including the Coen Brothers’ latest, True Grit. Tablet Magazine offers its top 10.
Oy Vey My Son Is Gay!
If you’ve read the title, you already know the story. Shirley Hirsch (the inimitable Lainie Kazan, who played a similar role as a Greek mother in My Big Fat Greek Wedding) lives on Long Island, and she has a perfect son, Nelson, who should really be getting married already. She conspires to set him up on dates—including one with a shiksa named Sybil, played by Carmen Electra, of all people—until, eventually, he breaks the news that he doesn’t like girls that way. More than that, he’s in love—with an Italian named Angelo Ferraro. Which means two sets of overbearing parents are nonplussed. But then comedy writer Bruce Vilanch shows up, and eventually everyone learns to get over their biases and just get along. The movie doesn’t have studio distribution, but it opens Christmas Eve in Columbus, Ohio, and plays in South Florida in January.
In the poems of Silver Roses, the late Rachel Wetzsteon—who took her own life last year—is still very much alive