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In & Out (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  19 September 1997 (USA)
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A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards.



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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 Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


An out-and-out comedy.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¿Es o no es?  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,019,821 (USA) (19 September 1997)


DEM 20,546 (Germany) (19 June 1998)

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Did You Know?


The suit Matt Dillon wears to the Academy Awards is based on the suit Brad Pitt wore at The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996). See more »


The positions of the ducks and other birds after Howard runs out to the lake after ruining his wedding don't match between shots. See more »


Walter Brackett: I'm a member of the community and I don't mind that Howard's gay.
Tom Halliwell: But you're Howard's brother.
Tom Halliwell: As you know.
[longer pause]
Walter Brackett: Well, you know what that means.
Walter Brackett: Uh-oh. I must be gay!
Tom Halliwell: But you're not a parent.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the cast is dancing to "Macho Man" and goofing off at Berniece and Frank's wedding reception. See more »


Referenced in Runaway Bride (1999) See more »


Blowin' In The Wind
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Dealing with homosexuality with a light effeminate touch
10 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline) is a popular English teacher and coach in Greenleaf Indiana. His past student Cameron Drake (Matt Dillon) is a big star up for the academy awards. In his acceptance speech, he dedicates the award for his homosexual soldier performance to his gay teacher Howard. This brings all kinds of entertainment reporters including Peter Malloy (Tom Selleck) and shocks everybody in town including his fiancée Emily (Joan Cusack).

This has some funny moments. It's almost killing homosexuality with kindness playing up Howard's inoffensive effeminate traits. The massive news coverage is ridiculously over the top. Its heart is in the right place and so is most of the townfolks. The movie is filled with homosexual clichés and hasn't really aged well. It tries to take on homophobia with such a finger tip light touch. Kevin Kline walks a very fine line. In the end, this is an one joke movie that doesn't quite work anymore.

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