Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: A lesbian couple runs a pub in a small Irish seaside town. Their ten year old nephew is sent to live with them when his parents are killed.
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Year: 2002
Duration: 96 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: PG-13
Director: Jeremy Kagan
Writer: Samuel Bernstein
Starring: Bernadette Peters, Rachel Ward, Jonathan Silverman, Thomas Sangster, Don Foley, Alan Smyth, Tara Lynne O’Neill, Julie Hale, Jer O’Leary, Tom O’Leary, John Olohan, Richard Durden, Simon O’Gorman, Alvaro Lucchesi, Maire O’Neill
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+Alt Tags+American Bailey (Bernadette Peters) and British Bobbie (Rachel Ward) are a lesbian couple living happily together in a small Irish seaside town. They run a pub called the Two Sisters Bar and are helped by Bailey’s wacky brother David (Jonathan Silverman).

One day their lives are changed forever when Bobbie’s brother and sister-in-law are killed, and their ten year old son Alan (Thomas Sangster) is sent to live with his aunt. Very serious and low key, Bobbie isn’t happy about this development, but bubbly Bailey, a former Broadway actress, quickly develops her maternal instincts and welcomes the boy into their home.

At the same time that Alan must deal with his loss, Bobbie is diagnosed with breast cancer. She reacts by pushing away those who care about her, but comes around as they all embrace the healing love they find in their family. The film ends as Bailey and Bobbie are married in a Jewish commitment ceremony.

Nominated for both a GLAAD Media Award and a Daytime Emmy, this tv movie initially aired on Showtime. It’s a bit of a tear jerker at times with some overly dramatic moments and a really cute kid. Most likely it will appeal more to those interested in the parenting or breast cancer themes or to Bernadette Peters fans. It is only available on vhs. (AB)