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Lazy Susan

Country: USA, Language: English, 90 mins

  • Director: Nick Peet
  • Writer: Carrie Aizley; Sean Hayes; Darlene Hunt
  • Producer: Todd Milliner; Carl Moellenberg; Shane O'brien; Zach O'brien

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With all the arguments surrounding who should play who, Lazy Susan throws a spanner right slap bang into those argumentative works.

A gay man plays a straight woman...now, many will be screaming: It's been done before, Tootsie, Mrs Doubtfire...even Victor/Victoria. But, no...all those characters were pretending to be what they weren't in order to get what they wanted. Here...Sean Hayes plays Susan as a straight, dowdy, middle-aged, parasitical woman...and, an objectionable one at that!

The big question is: Does Mr Hayes pull this rather odd character choice off? Well, it all depends on where you stand on the matter...if you want to see serial killers play serial killers...then, you're gonna be screaming at the screen. On the other hand, if you can get your head around the whole 'acting' thing [where people pretend to be who and what they're not]...then, you might be pleasantly surprised. There's not a trace of the 'Jack McFarland' brand of camp...instead, he serves generous portions of cringe and creep. Susan is a complex character...her raison d'être is a mixture of self-esteem [whether it be low or high] and delusions of that raison d'être - she is both fascinating and wholly horrible. And...Sean does Susan [squirmy] justice.

As for being a comedy...again, it's a matter of taste. Susan is a woman at odds with herself, with others and the whole damn world...she stands akimbo with one foot in tragedy, the other in comedy...where the defiance is the delusion.

Where and how does Susan end up? Watch, find out...it's a most awkward, bizarrely entertaining journey.


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The(ir) Blurb...

In 'Lazy Susan,' Susan has always been the self-centered oddball in her family, who lazily skated through life with their grudging support until one day she wakes up to realize she's middle-aged with no job, no relationship, and an increasingly estranged family. She finally decides to take charge and turn things around, but never having done anything herself before, the struggle is real (and hilarious) as Susan becomes the woman she always wanted to be, all on her own.

Cast & Characters

Sean Hayes as Susan
Allison Janney as Velvet
Matthew Broderick as Doug
Jim Rash as Phil
Margo Martindale as Mary
J.R. Ramirez as Coyote Carl
Ryan Buggle as Andy
Matty Cardaropleas Roger
Maria Shriver as Herself
Susanna Guzman as Female Employee
Skipp Sudduth as Tom
Darlene Hunt as Wendy
Gina Hiraizumi as News Anchor
Leah Huebner as Ashley
Jane Vande Voorde as Female Passenger