All of Greenleaf, Indiana is watching this year's telecast of the Oscars as Hollywood heartthrob and local boy made good Cameron Drake has been nominated for his first ever Best Actor Oscar for his latest movie role as a gay soldier. Cameron's high school English teacher Howard Brackett is overjoyed when Cameron wins the award and mentions Howard's contribution in his acting life. That joy turns to horror when Cameron mentions to the worldwide audience that Howard is gay, especially horrific to Howard as he is engaged to fellow teacher Emily Montgomery, a woman with self-esteem issues as she had battled weight issues most of her life before she lost seventy-five pounds for the wedding. Howard's life is totally disrupted as Hollywood media descends on Greenleaf in order to get Howard's story. The rest of Greenleaf also openly wonders if Howard is indeed gay, as he exhibits many stereotypical gay tendencies, such as being neat, and loving music, dancing, poetry and Barbra Streisand. His... Written by
The interior bar shots were filmed at Slater's Mill, a bar in Riverdale, NJ that has been closed down for quite a number of years. However it is still standing with its name painted on the building's side. See more »
The timing referred to in the film is way off. The celebration dinner before the wedding is held in the daytime before the Oscars. At the dinner, Howard states that he is getting married on Sunday, in three days. The Oscars are never held on Thursday, they have been held either Sunday or Monday. Meanwhile, this is a short time before high school graduation, which is in late May or early June. The Oscars are now being held in January or February. See more »
Inspired by Tom Hanks's tearful speech when he accepted his 1994 Oscar (for his role in Philadelphia), in which he mentioned his high-school drama coach Rawley Farnsworth, and his former classmate John Gilkerson, "two of the finest gay Americans, two wonderful men that I had the good fortune to be associated with." Comes on of Hollywood's first mainstream "Gay" comedies.
Plot In A Paragraph: Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline) is a high school teacher with an attractive fiancé named Emily and respect from everyone. Everything changes in one night when a former high school student of his, named Cameron Drake (Matt Dillon), now a famous Hollywood actor wins an Academy Award for his portrayal of a homosexual army soldier and 'outs' Howard Brackett as his inspiration for his role. The media circus immediately begins as Howard desperately keeps protesting that he is not gay and that the whole thing is a simple misunderstanding.
All the cast do a great job, with the stand outs being Kevin Kline and Joan Cusack. Matt Dillon, Tom Selleck, Debbie Reynolds, Bob Newhart, and Wilford Brimley all give great support, and are a lot of fun. Joan Cusack (Whom I have loved since I first saw "Working Girl") was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance, and can consider herself unlucky to lose to Kim Basinger for "L.A Confidential".
The end is a bit weak, but that is only nit picking!! And it does not spoil the enjoyment of this movie.
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