Gay Essential Films To Watch, Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!

Shirley and Martin Hirsch (Lainie Kazan and Saul Rubinek) are desperate to meet their son Nelson’s (John Lloyd Young) new girlfriend. After Shirley mistakenly assumes that Nelson’s neighbour Sybil is the mystery woman, her world is crushed when her son takes his boyfriend Angelo Ferraro (Jai Rodriguez), who she thought to be his decorator, to a family wedding and reveals he is gay in the middle of the ceremony.

Struggling to wrap their heads around Nelson’s sexuality and relationship, Shirley and Martin deal with the situation very differently. After the initial shock, Shirley wants to meet Angelo’s parents Teresa and Carmine (Shelly Burch and Vincent Pastore) which Martin, refusing to believe that Nelson is really gay, reluctantly agrees to. Martin meanwhile tries to convince Sibyl to seduce Nelson.

The situation seems to reach its peak when Nelson and Angelo announce they want to adopt a baby on national television. Eventually a peaceful protest for equal rights that turns violent brings both families together when Shirley and Martin defend Nelson and start to realise how much they really love their son, regardless of whom he wants to spend his life with.

Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! is a comedy that, for a change, focuses not on the gay character and his hesitation to come out to his loved ones, but instead on his parents and how they deal with the new situation.

Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!


“It’s an old fashioned style film with a modern day storyline.”
   Views from a Broad

“Hopelessly, unabashedly retro, how can you not love a film that gives both Bruce Vilanch, Carmen Electra and Laine Kazan the roles of their careers?.”
   Awards Daily

“Rather than focus on too much on the titular gay son, Nelson, for the most part the movie instead revolves around his parents, who as the title suggest find it hard to digest the news that their son is gay.”

Did You Know?

The cast and crew celebrated Thanksgiving together where they shot the interior scenes as filming began the previous day, not allowing anyone to go home. During the closing credits the film’s theme song “The Word is Love”, which was written by Desmond Child and performed by Lulu, can be heard. Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! was John Lloyd Young’s first feature film before he gained international recognition as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys (2014). Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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Caroline Vogt

Caroline Vogt

Originally from Germany, Caroline made a quick year-long stop in Pennsylvania, USA when she was 16, only to eventually move to sunny Manchester where she recently completed her M.A. in Screen Studies. She is a Queer Cinema fanatic and a music enthusiast, having co-founded the Green Chair Sessions. At the moment she is looking for a full-time job to pay the bills and simultaneously researching and writing her first feature-length screenplay… which basically is a full-time job in itself.
Caroline Vogt
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