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February 17, 2013
Showtimes (change daily)
Sunday, February 17 at 7pm

A hilarious romantic comedy about a young gay man who mistakenly believes that a vow of celibacy will simplify his life

Presented by Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Buy TicketsMembers $10 • Public $15 (includes Reception) Tickets also at 800-838-3006, or at CAC Box Office

His name is Petunia. Charlie Petunia (Tobias Segal). At first glance, he looks positively Bond-like in his tuxedo, but in fact he is the polar opposite of the suave lady-killer. Instead of drinking martinis and living it up, Charlie spends his brother’s wedding reception avoiding the dance floor and securing his self-imposed celibacy by snapping the rubber band on his wrist anytime he feels aroused by the formal-wear-clad young men in the room. The Petunia family has a storied history of avoiding real feelings: Mom, Felicia, (Christine Lahti) is a therapist who needs a shrink of her own; dad, Percy, (David Rasche) hides erectile dysfunction under an oblivious and disaffected non-personality; and brothers Michael (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Adrian (Jimmy Heck) are hiding infidelity and sex addiction, respectively. Throw in mean NYC princess Vivian (Thora Birch) for a sister-in-law, and you have Charlie’s biggest problem: his crazy family. Charlie finally finds a guy he’s willing to break his “no sex” vow for when he meets and starts dating George McDougal (Michael Urie). But George is hiding something from Charlie – his wife (Brittany Snow) – and their relationship hits a complicated snag when she returns unexpectedly from a long trip . . . With super quirky, yet highly sympathetic characters, great acting, and hilariously unpredictable twists and turns, Petunia will make you think about love, life and how family plays a part in who you turned out to be. (USA, 2012, 92 min., color, Blu-ray | Director: Ash Christian | Cast: Brittany Snow, Christine Lahti, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Michael Urie, Thora Birch, Tobias Segal)