Lainie Kazan’s ‘Oy Vey’ Moment
Filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky’s “Oy Vey, My Son Is Gay,” slated to be released this fall, offers the exact story line that the title suggests: overbearing Jewish mother from Long Island (Lainie Kazan) hurls eligible Jewish bachelorettes at her nice, but (no-so-secretly) gay son, Nelson (John Lloyd Young). But Nelson is already in a relationship — with his live-in boyfriend, Angelo (Jai Rodriguez of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”).
The movie features a slew of other notable names, like Carmen Electra, who takes on the role of playmate neighbor and Nelson’s would-be girlfriend, and “The Sopranos” Vincent Pastore, who gives us what he does best — the Italian dad; in this film, he plays the macho father of Nelson’s boyfriend.
The film explores how both sets of parents’ grapple with their sons’ sexuality, and the sometimes-uncomfortable communal responses that it invokes. The trailer is below: