Friends and Family

Released 2001


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Friends and Family

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Kristen Coury
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Friends and Family is a 2001 American film that tells the story of Stephen Torcelli (Greg Lauren) and Danny Russo (Christopher Gartin), a young couple living in New York City who secretly work for the Patrizzi crime family. When Stephen's parents call to say that they are dropping by for a visit, Danny and Stephen must then conceal their hidden lives. Stephen's father is an FBI agent and will surely turn them in if he discovers the truth. Danny and Stephen have told his parents that they run a catering company, and when they are asked to cater the wedding of Don Patrizzi's daughter Jenny, they must struggle to keep up the rouse. The party has been combined with a birthday party for Mr. Torcelli, and the real shenanigans begin. Stephen and Danny decide that it would only be natural for a gay catering couple to have gay employees, so they train the cousins of Don Patrizzi (who are actually doing the cooking) to act "gay." Also starring Rebecca Creskoff, Allison Mackie, Meschach Taylor, Beth Fowler, and Frank Pellegrino, Friends and Family was directed by Kristen Coury.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Unusually slick, mini-budgeted and broad piece of slapstick that liberally borrows from Neil Simon and "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight'' with the twist that gay hit men are ...

  • 30

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Quickly collapses into an overloaded, slow-moving series of predictable jokes and forced situations.

  • 20

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    It is an inept, inane Mafia comedy with a gay angle, all the more insufferable because director Kristen Coury and writer Joseph Triebwasser clearly think they're being wonderfully ...

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Independent, Gay & Lesbian