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Playing the Part (1995)

Not Rated | | Short | 24 March 1995 (USA)
This angst-ridden yet humorous portrait of the filmmaker's efforts to confront her family redefines the coming of age story in the form of a hilarious documentary.


Mitch McCabe


Mitch McCabe
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Mitch is a senior at Harvard with a serious girlfriend and a serious problem: the girlfriend is Cat, an English student headed to London after graduation; the problem is that Mitch hasn't told her parents yet that she's gay. She thinks about her family a lot: she takes photos of them, she makes home movies about them. She photographs herself dressed up to resemble her mother when her mother was her age. She's pals with her dad, close to her grandmother, and not so close to her mom. She'll be home at Thanksgiving and Christmas in up-scale Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and they are visiting her in Cambridge. She resolves to tell them. What will be their reaction? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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UGH! An Exercise in Unbridled Self-Indulgence
17 April 2009 | by nycruise-1See all my reviews

While certainly some segments are entertaining in their own right, the majority of this movie focuses on the notion of "poor little me" - the "me" being the filmmaker who is wrestling with telling her parents that she's gay.

It's all for naught: she never does; but, more importantly, we the viewers end up not caring!

The problem here is that the filmmaker had Ross McElloway (misspelled but I don't feel like looking his boring profile up) as her instructor.

One of the few positive things that can be said about McCabe's exercise in unbridled self- indulgence is that is nowhere as near as painful to watch (and definitely nowhere as achingly long) as her professor's "tour-de-torch" "Sherman's March".

Oh - one more thing - filmmaker McCabe no longer considers herself "gay" - so even those in the gay community who might be tempted to check this in the name of "sisterhood" you can fuggeddaboutit: Miss Mitch has moved on - and you should too by skipping over this now "out-dated" piece.

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