LGBT Studies • Gender Studies • Women's Studies
Family Studies • Marriage & Family • Conflict Resolution 
2000. Director & Producer Zack Stratis. Producer Vilma Gregoropoulos.
90 Minutes. 


Featuring the real Stratis family in a truly original work of docu-drama, COULD BE WORSE! is the ultimate coming out story. It deals with its youngest son’s need to be open about his homosexuality as he questions the true meaning of marriage in light of his parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. Unique in its use of documentary footage, scripted drama and musical numbers, COULD BE WORSE! tenderly explores the feelings and emotions of each family member allowing them to experience their own “coming out.” This 90 -minute DVD is a creative, thought-provoking tool for promoting discussions related to LGBT issues, Women’s Studies, Marriage, Conflict Resolution, Family Psychology and Independent Filmmaking. Could Be Worse! is being used by colleges and universities as an entertaining resource to teach about human rights and tolerance and a resource for young adults who are dealing with their own personal coming out stories. It is suitable for all ages, intergenerational audiences, and PFLAG types of organizations that are seeking ways to bring families together.



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Reviews & Quotes

Transit Media

​"Could Be Worse! is the ultimate family coming out story. Meet the Stratis family as they are confronted by their son Zack’s homosexuality on the eve of his parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. The youngest of four siblings, Zack wants to examine the dynamic that holds the family together by making a movie in which they are the stars. Rather than just shooting a straight documentary, Zack blends interviews, scripted drama and musical numbers into a unique family portrait. The result is a hilarious, deeply moving, and thought-provoking educational film on family hierarchy, the meaning of marriage, ethnic issues, male/female roles and sexuality. In the end, Zack unexpectedly learns that everyone has his or her own story to tell and issues to come out about."

Pasadena City College

John F. Gregory, PhD, Professor of Communications

"Gets students talking and thinking about very important subjects."

New York Film Academy

Philip Scanlon

"Brilliantly weaves many concepts in a unique genre-busting style."

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