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
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One day I just clicked. I said: "Mom, dad, Sparky, I'm gay."
So what happened?
My mom cried, for exactly 10 seconds, my boss said: "Who cares?", and my dad said: "But you're so tall...!".
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High School English teacher is "outed" on national T.V.
Likable Kevin Kline plays high school literature teacher in a small Indiana town. One of his former students, now an actor in Hollywood up for an Oscar thanks him as he is accepting his award. At the end of his speech he announces, "And he's gay!" Howard's fiancee as well as the entire town are astounded and outraged none of them more so than Howard himself. The events of the film unfold as the reactions of the various participants are explored.
Homosexuality is explored with gentle humor. The town is depicted unpatronizingly and with love. All the townspeople have their own lives, and are not overly concerned with Howard's perdicament.
The conclusion is satisfying although the characterization of gays as liking poetry and liking to dance will seem an oversimplification.
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