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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 ...
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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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As the director admits in the commentary, the full-page Hope House news ad is blank on the reverse side with no page number or masthead, something no real newspaper would allow. Also, his stack of proof newspapers become different after the editor lifts the first one. See more »

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Alex Stratton: Grace. I want to kiss you
Grace Miller: Alex, don't do this.
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The Good the Bad and the Ugly
21 May 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This is a very strange amalgamation of brutally embarrassing stereotypes mixed with insights and issues that I can't remember having seen addressed by a gay-related film before.

The main lesbian relationship is handled in a satisfying and balanced manner and the secondary gay relationship has some nice elements as well. Worth seeing.

But these are surrounded with such jaw-dropping stereotypes -- both gay and straight -- that I was left wondering how these could be co-existing in the same film, written and directed by the same person. The difference is so extreme you could get whip-lash.

Performance quality is all over the map, characters are given prime placement in the story but nothing comes of them. The best thing the film has going for it is the central lesbian and gay characters; the worst thing is that they are given cartoon characters to interact with.


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