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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
All of the high school scenes were shot at Pompton Lakes High School in Pompton Lakes, NJ. Unfortunately the school district's superintendent forgot to sign the waiver allowing the school's name to be mentioned in the credits. Other than paint, the building remains nearly identical to the way it was during filming, including the unique terraced floor in the poetry class scene. See more »
In the film clip at the fictitious Academy Awards, the Military Lawyer (Dan Hedaya) refers to the "Congressional Medal of Honor". This is a common mistake: it's the "Medal of Honor". See more »
[after one of the girls announces that she's gay]
You can't be gay! You're a tramp!
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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 »
We all know the story about how Rawley Farnsworth (Tom Hanks' high school drama teacher who Hanks thanked in his acceptance speech at the 1994 Oscar telecast) was the genesis for Kevin Kline's role. But although he provided the idea behind the character, the character as written in the film is not based on Farnsworth himself.
The name, the quirky character traits, the Shakespeare lectures, the bicycle, the Midwestern background (Farnsworth was from Oakland CA), the sports coach connection all come from a long term USC theater professor--who later dyed his hair and then let it grow in order to disassociate himself from the Howard Brackett character.
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