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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Matt Dillon's outing of his teacher in his acceptance speech is based upon Tom Hanks' real-life acceptance speech at The 66th Annual Academy Awards (1994) for his Oscar for Philadelphia (1993), in which he thanked a gay teacher. See more »


Howard's fly mysteriously unfastens and then refastens itself during the "Exploring your Masculinity" dance scene. See more »


Danny: [scene from Cameron's movie, "To Serve and Protect"] I love you, Billy.
Cameron: Wait! Do you love me as a friend or in another way?
Danny: Another way, Billy!
Cameron: You mean, as a brother?
Danny: No, another way.
Cameron: You mean, as a cousin?
Danny: No! Another way.
Cameron: [frowns] You mean, as a penpal?
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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 »


References Primetime (1989) See more »


Written by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne
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Good Film/Better Acting
6 December 2003 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

In & Out is a comedy with a simple premise. It admirably succeeds in the mission of being funny and entertaining.

The comedy in this film ranges from the ridiculous to the sublime, physical comedy exists alongside dry humor, with a nice veteran turn by Bob Newhart. Kevin Kline is predictably in excellent form in this film, alongside Tom Selleck not playing to his expected "square jawed" leading man type. Mr. Selleck plays his humor well and displays a nice sense of comedic timing. The cast makes this film successful.

Not all films with homosexual themes are made to advance some sort of sinister, hidden Hollywood liberal agenda, in point of fact this film was simply made to entertain, and if any part of this films makes the viewer think, then it was a byproduct of the well-acted work by a terrific cast of professionals. Frequently tongue-in-cheek, I found myself laughing at the right moments. A solid "B."

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