Synopsis by Mark Deming
A group of women reunite for a weekend of fun and bittersweet reflection in this drama, which has been described as a lesbian version of The Big Chill. Katie (Stacey Nelkin) was a member of a leftist street theater and political action group in the early '70s, and 14 years later, she and her lover Victoria (Monica Bell) invite several of their old friends, some of whom they haven't seen in 14 years, to celebrate the bris of their son Daniel (Katie was artificially inseminated, using sperm donated by Victoria's brother). Maria (Olivia Negron) is dealing with losing her children in a nasty custody battle following an ill-advised marriage, while Josie (Ellen McLaughlin), who was Maria's lover for years, never fully healed after their break up. Candy (Malindi Fickle), a successful businesswoman at 23, arrives on the arm of Katie's friend Luce (Andre Weber), a hard-drinking professional stuntwoman who blames herself for the death of her ex-girlfriend. Gina (Gabriella Messina), a tough-talking former prostitute and current folk singer, is quite attracted to Luce, but she can only express it with snide jokes and playful insults. Sarah (Carol Schneider) is the lone confirmed heterosexual of the group; she loves her husband and is happy with her career, but she is frustrated by her inability to have a child. Everything Relative was the debut feature for writer/director Sharon Pollack; Harvey Fierstein makes a cameo appearance as a rabbi.
custody-battle, lesbianism, reunion, conception [biology], folk-singer, group, friendship