A Family Affair
A Family Affair (2003)

Can a cynical lesbian from the Big Apple find happiness with an upbeat blonde from the West Coast? That's the question in this independent bicoastal comedy. Rachel (Helen Lesnick, who also wrote and directed the film) is a native New… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 21, 2003
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Lesnick's sharp eye for humor manages to keep things from getting too preachy.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A serious romantic comedy of such strength and substance and so entertaining that it doesn't matter that its minuscule budget shows around the edges.

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Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

An uneven appeal.

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Loren King
Chicago Tribune

Without the ready-made drama of coming out and identity struggle, gay romance can feel as flimsy and forced as its straight counterpart.

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

The pacing never accelerates beyond sluggish, and Lesnick's script is an awkward pile of gag lines.

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E! Online

Frequently talky and overacted.

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Suffers from inexperienced filmmaking and a self-absorbed lead character who fails to elicit any truly tangible degree of audience sympathy.

C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle

A good old-fashioned love story.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

We get on board because of [Lesnick's] crazy, singular personality, and we're expected to stay in our seats when she grows conventional and boring.

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