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.
“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