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  • Actors: Jeff Garlin, Dev Kennedy, Michael McDonald, Pete Jones, Stoney Westmoreland
  • Directors: Pete Jones
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WOLFE VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UX6NU8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,532 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Outing Riley" on IMDb

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When regular guy Bobby (Pete Jones) tells his meat and potatoes Irish-Catholic brothers that he is gay, they don t believe him!

An Irish Catholic family learns that the youngest son is gay. Self-accepting Bobby Riley, a Chicago architect, tells us right off the bat he's gay. But he s never told his three brothers. Bobby s relationship with them is close but centers around sports, drinking beer, and playing practical jokes not discussing private lives. And besides, Bobby appears to have a girlfriend, but actually Carly is a lesbian pal who plays along when he needs a date. Only Bobby s sister knows the truth about his life.

But now, Bobby s parents are both dead, and his sister has begun pressuring Bobby to come out of the closet. Bobby and his live-in boyfriend Andy would like nothing more than to drop the charade Bobby maintains with his lesbian pal, so he finally gets up the courage to do it. But when Bobby does spill the beans, his brothers assume due to his regular-guy demeanor that he's kidding. Besides, they're meat and potatoes Irish-Catholic, so Bobby simply can't be gay. Eventually, they all must come to terms with this revelations and as it turns out, each brother also has been holding back family secrets. . .

Review

Intelligent, nicely paced script sports lots of crowd-pleasing zingers. --Variety

Standout performance by the foxy and talented Nathan Fillion! --Outfest - Los Angeles

Induced so much laughter that many lines were drowned out! --Media News Services

Customer Reviews

This is a feel good movie, the acting is superb and well written.
George R. Squires
This movie started out mediocre, but it did get better over the course of the 99 minutes.
SpaceHippieGeek
It tells the universal story of family and love and acceptance from a gay perspective.
groomRN

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lerone Landis on February 17, 2008
Format: DVD
As common place as "coming out" plots are in Queer Cinema, the beauty of them is that no two tales of coming out are ever exactly alike. Just out on DVD this month comes a film that tackles the, often, trite theme in Outing Riley. Set in Chicago filled with beautiful shots of the windy city, Bobby Riley (Pete Jones) is an architect who appears to be your average Chicagoan guy who loves his beer, sports and his family --- a close nit bunch that includes 3 older brothers and his little sister.

The little sister, Maggie (Julie R. Pearl), is the principal piece that keeps the Riley family together now that both of their parents are deceased. Maggie stands alone in the family as the sole Riley family member who knows about Bobby's true sexual orientation and because of her unassuming yet pivotal role among the 5 siblings it was the most logical writing choice as the one who knows Bobby's "secret." Perhaps because of the choosing of a female character to harbor such surreptitious information, it was also a stereotypical writing choice. Far from originality, at one point Maggie even tells Bobby that she loved him like the sister she never had.

Stereotypes are abundant in Outing Riley, however and thankfully, Bobby's character was not...his brothers were! Talk about your typical misogynistic wanna be macho homophobic straight men. In addition to their womanizing ways Bobby's brothers were so juvenile you'd swear that these 3 very adult men (at least in age) were the modern day 3 Stooges. The brothers quickly grew tiresome but were crucial to understanding Bobby's predicament.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 22, 2007
Format: DVD
OUTING RILEY may feel a bit self serving, as though Bobby Riley, the main character of the film, is sitting in a Confessional Booth revealing his secret, and in fact that is certainly the case as the film was conceived, lived, written, directed and stars Pete Jones as Bobby. This may account for some of the awkward sense of some of the dialog: it is difficult to be up front about an issue with a history as embedded as the theme of this film. But despite these minor flaws, this little film has a heart of gold and a cast of actors who bring it to life in a good way.

Bobby Riley (Pete Jones) is an Irish Catholic closeted gay man living in Chicago with his partner Andy (Michael McDonald). Bobby is being pressured by Andy and by his informed sister Maggie (Julie Pearl) to come out to his family - a good Irish Catholic family of four brothers, a sister, and a dying father (Bob Riley). His facade with his brothers is a mime of voyeurism of 'chicks' and a beer drinking butch life. Each family member has a secret: Maggie can't hold a relationship and is unable to keep secrets; Connor (Stoney Westmoreland) is addicted to internet porn; Jack (Dev Kennedy) is a priest who has problems with the conflicts the church places on his own beliefs; Luke (the always outstanding Nathan Fillion) is a pothead. Once Maggie decides she must out Bobby, the brothers are conflicted: homophobia raises its ugly head despite the bonds of close family ties. How the family comes to grips with Bobby's being gay, individually and as a family, is the crux of the tale.

This is a fine cast (especially Fillion and Pearl) and the story rolls along at a fine pace. At times it feels 'dishonest' but that is in the script, not the acting. This is not a major film, but it just may be a helpful one to families and friends who are curious about the lifestyle of someone who has surprised them with a similar secret! Grady Harp, December 07
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jadecat VINE VOICE on November 30, 2007
Format: DVD
Being the avid Nathan Fillion fan I found this on TV and Tivo'd it, not knowing what it was about or what to expect. It was a little racier than I expected in the language department and I was only going to watch it for Nathan, but I got hooked and enjoyed the movie quite a bit. It surely isn't a wholesome and educational film for the children to see, but probably a pretty realistic view of what coming out is like in some families. Well acted all around, and Amazon needs to put Nathans name in a more prominent position for this one, he is the one star going somewhere in this and the only actor I recognized. He is some kind of big darn hero.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on November 8, 2007
Format: DVD
Skip this movie. It has no heart, no soul and is homophobic at its core. If you must see it be sure to listen to the commentary by the producers and the director (all straight). They talk about how they mistreated Michael McDonald (the only good thing in the film) during filming and how uncomfortable everyone was during the male on male kissing scenes. Including how everyone in the editing room dry heaved during post production after seeing two guys kiss.
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I have to give credit to Pete Jones, who wrote, directed and starred in this low-budget 2004 indie, for having the temerity to make a coming-out film when he is apparently straight. And therein lies the rub since Jones doesn't really lend an informed perspective to his protagonist's trying situation. He plays Bobby Riley, a Chicago advertising account executive who happens to be gay and happily partnered. He also happens to come from a traditional Irish-Catholic family, a sister who knows he's gay and three brothers who don't. The movie is primarily about Bobby's struggle to come out to his brothers now that their father has just passed away and the time has come for their annual fishing trip together. While one can envision how Bobby's admission would lead to liberation and tolerance, Jones also superficially belabors Bobby's angst to the aggravating point of making me indifferent to his fate.

A lot of the problem I had with the movie is the predictable and often forced humor Jones employs to ingratiate the character to the viewer. In what strikes me as filmmaking laziness, he goes as far as breaking the fourth wall, speaking to the camera, and using freeze-frames to either provide thumbnail sketches of the principal characters or comment on the action. The set-up with the brothers is also pretty generic as they represent variations on the beer-guzzling stereotypes one would expect from a movie at least forty years older. Two are married - Luke is a pothead with twin daughters, and Connor is a John Sununu look-alike who surfs the Web for porn. Oldest brother Jack is a Catholic priest, which sets him up for the most challenging road toward acceptance.
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