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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.

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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.

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June Getraer says:

Each and everyone of these films is tempting to view. The fact that they all have a Jewish connection gives me an added perspective,

Thank you!

Wow, “Oy Vey My Son is Gay!” is really several years out of date. Reform Judaism has supported same-sex marriage for several years now, and Conservative and Reconstructionist Judaism have left it to individual rabbis and congregations to go with their conscience.

The screenwriter could have at least bothered to consult wikipedia.

Moshe Pesach Geller says:

Just as there is no suh thing as half-pregnant, there is no such thing as a half-Jew. Either you are or you aren’t. And no amount of post-modern America relativism will alter a 4,000 year reality. This nonesense is just a blit that will be long forgotten after the decline and fall of the American Empire is complete.

A very weak idea for a year-end review of movies. Please don’t do this again; it’s not worth it.

Allison,
You have proved yourself to strengthen my longstanding belief that journalists are the degenerates of society. To partake in great joy in others’ downfalls – and be proud of it – that must take great talent.

Wipe that fake smile off your face and show your true colors – at least do the job with honesty!

the above was NOT ME.

Having seen Swan & KINg, i’ll take real royalty. In a class with Le Balon Rouge!

no, that was me – and it was a message, not a response to the film.

I’ve said that least 1150192 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

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