It’s Pat

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

It's Pat (Touchstone Movie)

“It’s Pat” is a quirky and offbeat comedy released by Touchstone Pictures in 1994. The film is based on the recurring “It’s Pat” sketches from “Saturday Night Live” and stars Julia Sweeney as Pat Riley, an androgynous and enigmatic character whose gender is intentionally ambiguous.

The story follows Pat’s daily misadventures as people around Pat struggle to determine whether Pat is male or female. This gender ambiguity becomes a running gag throughout the film, leading to humorous situations and misunderstandings. Pat’s gender identity becomes a source of fascination and frustration for those in Pat’s life, including Pat’s best friend, Chris (Dave Foley), and their neighbor, Kyle (Charles Rocket).

As Pat navigates various social situations, the film explores themes of identity, acceptance, and the societal obsession with gender norms. Despite the comedic approach, “It’s Pat” offers a satirical commentary on how society often fixates on defining and categorizing individuals based on superficial characteristics.

Throughout the film, Pat’s quirky and eccentric behavior leads to comedic misunderstandings and awkward situations. From job interviews to romantic pursuits, Pat’s gender ambiguity becomes a central focus, and the reactions of others highlight society’s discomfort with those who don’t fit neatly into traditional gender roles.

“It’s Pat” is known for its absurd and absurdly funny humor, with Pat’s ambiguous gender identity serving as the core joke. While some viewers appreciate the film’s unique approach to comedy, others have criticized it for potentially perpetuating harmful stereotypes or making light of gender identity issues.

Directed by Adam Bernstein, “It’s Pat” is a cult classic that appeals to those who enjoy unconventional and irreverent humor. Despite polarizing opinions, the film remains a memorable and intriguing exploration of gender and identity, encouraging audiences to question the rigidity of societal norms and embrace individuality and self-expression.

Additional Details


  • Julia Sweeney: Pat Riley
  • Dave Foley: Chris
  • Charles Rocket: Kyle Jacobsen
  • Kathy Griffin: Herself
  • Julie Hayden: Stacy Jacobsen
  • Timothy Stack: Doctor
  • Mary Scheer: Nurse
  • Beverly Leech: Mrs. Riley
  • Tim Meadows: KVIB-FM manager
  • Phil LaMarr: Stage manager
  • Larry Hankin: Postal supervisor
  • Kathy Najimy: Tippy
  • Jerry Tondo: Sushi chef
  • Mitch Pileggi: Concert Guard
  • Dean and Gene Ween: Themselves


  • Director: Adam Bernstein
  • Producer: Charles Wessler
  • Screenplay: Julia Sweeney, Jim Emerson and Stephen Hibbert

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