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In & Out (1997)

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

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 16 nominations. See more 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

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An out-and-out comedy.

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Comedy | Romance

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

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19 September 1997 (USA)  »

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¿Es o no es?  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,019,821, 21 September 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$63,856,929

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$83,256,929
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Three of Brackett's (Kline) students appear in the same episode of Six Feet Under. Shawn Hatosy and Alexandra Holden (playing a couple again) and Lauren Ambrose. See more »

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During the bar scene, when Emily tells Peter Maloy that Howard didn't like her, he takes her hand with both of his hands and in the next shot, his left hand is away from her. See more »

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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.
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Tom Halliwell: As you know.
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Walter Brackett: Well, you know what that means.
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Walter Brackett: Uh-oh. I must be gay!
Tom Halliwell: But you're not a parent.
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During the end credits, the cast is dancing to "Macho Man" and goofing off at Berniece and Frank's wedding reception. See more »

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Featured in The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) See more »

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Java Headed Woman
Written by Dale Peterson
Performed by The Rhythm Lords
Courtesy of MasterSource
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Yes, it is funny, but still a bait-and-switch
29 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

Without a doubt, much humor and good performances. The scene with the "Exploring Your Masculinity" tape (this is the one where Kline is told that real men don't dance) had me laughing so hard that I had tears in my eyes.

Unfortunately, everything that I had seen and read about this movie before I went to see it indicated that it was a case of a man who was wrongly "outed"... period. When it became evident that he was going to end up being gay (notice his foot-lifting during the kiss with Selleck), I felt very let down.

I didn't want to go see an "it's okay to be gay" movie (there seem to be enough of that type already). I wanted to see the teacher who seems to fit the "gay profile", if you will, gets falsely outed, but nevertheless is "straight".

Making Peter Malloy (Selleck) gay shows that gay doesn't have to fit any preconceived profile (remember, this is the guy who played Magnum, P.I.). But by making Howard Brackett (Kline) gay, it supports the idea that sensitive, poetry-loving (etc.) men must be gay. The viewer would have been better served had the movie stuck with the premise that gay/straight doesn't have to fit a stereotype; let "manly" Sellect be gay and "sensitive" Kline be straight.

Don't interpret this as a gay-bashing/homophobe review; it is not. I sympathize with Kline's character inasmuch as I am a man in his early 30's who is still unmarried, and occasionally catches the "how come he isn't married" sort of thing from people.


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