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It's in the Water (1997)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  30 January 1998 (USA)
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Residents of the fictional town of Azalea Springs, Texas go into a panic after a gay local says the town's water supply is what made him gay.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Jo Chapman ...
Alex Stratton
Teresa Garrett ...
Grace Miller
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Mark Anderson
Timothy Vahle ...
Tomas
Barbara Lasater ...
Lily Talbott
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Sloan
John Hallum ...
Spencer
Beverly May ...
Mrs. Bracken
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Robert Stratton
Kathy Morath ...
Pamela Hughes
Tommy Townsend ...
John Anderson
Richard Dillard ...
Jack Talbott
Susan Largo ...
Elizabeth Miller
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Viola Johnson
John Addington ...
Brother Daniel
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In the small southern town of Azalea Springs, the country club set still rules. Here, being a member of "The League" is a must, big hair is still favored by the ladies who lunch, and only hair-dressers and interior designers are supposed to be gay. The addition of an AIDS facility in Azalea Springs has The League unsettled. And the announcement that their charity work will include contact with "those people" leaves them stunned. But the real frenzy begins with a drunken comment regarding the local drinking water. Rumor has it that the water is contaminated with something that actually "turns" people gay. Mix in Brother Daniel's "Homo-No-Mo" meetings, the local newspaper, and a group of rabid homophobic picketers, and you've got a recipe for panic. Heads reel. Women weep. Mothers, hide your children! In the midst of it all, we find Alex Stratton, a young woman dealing with a distant husband, an overbearing mother, and the tedium of meaningless society chatter and endless shoe critics. ... Written by Kelli Herd

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An Outrageous Comedy With A Queer Little Twist!

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Viola: The water's unsafe to be drinkin'!
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Gentle comedy with its heart in the right place
26 February 2005 | by (Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

This isn't the best gay and lesbian comedy around, but it certainly isn't the stinker that some of the other IMDb user comments claim it to be.

It's camp and extravagantly acted -- okay, maybe a bit overacted -- in the way, say, "But I'm A Cheerleader" is. But it more than makes up for that in its upbeat and affirming ending and particularly through its gentle treatment of the two main characters. It's very unusual that these two are a gay and a lesbian. Most LGBT movies stick to one group; "It's In The Water" shows a lesbian discovering what she is from out of a loveless marriage and a "cured" gay guy finding love with an unashamed gay decorator. If only more LGBT movies were as inclusive...

Sure, this isn't one of those LGBT movies that could be claimed to be in the same league as mainstream Hollywood movies. But frankly, even so, I'm happy to give this one a "7". And hell, I'd watch this anytime rather than some of the "gay" tripe that the "mainstream" serve us up, such as "In & Out" or "Three To Tango".

Don't expect a masterpiece, and don't expect the raving farce that the blurb promises. But do sit back and enjoy a good-hearted, sweet, story.


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