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It's in the Water (1997)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 30 January 1998 (USA)
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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Teresa Garrett ...
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Timothy Vahle ...
Tomas
Barbara Lasater ...
Lily Talbott
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Sloan
Beverly May ...
Vivien Bracken
Kathy Morath ...
Pamela Hughs
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Robert Stratton (as Matthew S.Tompkins)
John Hallum ...
Larry Randolph ...
Bruce
Susan Largo ...
Elizabeth Miller
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Dion Culberson ...
Ray Ray Johnson (as Dion Culberson / Obsession)
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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Comedy | Romance

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$5,639 (USA) (1 February 1998)
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Kelli Heard, the writer/director of the film did her best to keep the kissing scene between Mark and Thomas as comfortable as possible for straight audiences. She tried to make it into something her father could watch. See more »

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In the kitchen when Lily pulls out Alex's collar, it is tucked back in when Alex sits down to eat the BLT it is tucked back in. See more »

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Grace Miller: [seeing Sloane] Nice tits.
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References Claire of the Moon (1992) See more »

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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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