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In & Out (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 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

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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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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$63,826,569 (USA) (23 January 1998)
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Trivia

The disco group The Village People, originally would not sign off on the use of the song "Macho Man" for the film, which features the track heavily.

The disco tribute band The Boogie Knights was therefore hired to record a cover version to use instead. After the cover version was completed, The Village People ultimately decided to let the filmmakers use their original version and the Boogie Knights version was never used. See more »

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After Howard is handed the laser disk for "Funny Girl" during his bachelor party, the tobacco wrapper on his cigar has started to unravel. Seconds later, it is good as new. See more »

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Howard's dad: [referring to a hometown actor, who has just outed his son on national television] He used to mow our lawn. Never again.
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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 »

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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

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Macho Man
Written by Henri Belolo, Jacques Morali, Victor Willis and Peter Whitehead
Performed by The Village People
Courtesy of Scorpio Music and Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Hilarious
28 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some movies want to make us think, some want to excite us, some want to exhilarate us. But sometimes, a movie wants only to make us laugh, and "In & Out" certainly succeeds in this department.

Indiana high-school teacher Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline) is going to be married to fellow teacher Emily Montgomery (Joan Cusack) in three days, but the whole town is more excited about the Oscar nomination of former resident Cameron Drake (Matt Dillon). But when Cameron wins an Oscar for playing a gay soldier, he thanks his gay teacher, Howard, for inspiration. What follows is Howard denying it in an hilarious set of mishaps in a truly screwball fashion.

Kevin Kline is great, exuding gay stereotypes. Joan Cusack really has a knack for screwball antics. Debbie Reynolds is utterly hilarious as Howard's mother. And Bob Newhart is also a hoot as the homophobic principal.

Gay screenwriter Paul Rudnick really achieves a delicate balance here. He knows the stereotypes and exploits them in a way that's mostly tolerable to conservative Midwesterners and yet mostly inoffensive to the gay audience. It's not exactly progressive, but it's funny and inoffensive, and definitely a step up from the previous year's "The Birdcage."


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