(1997)

Critic Reviews

70

Metascore

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88
ReelViews
This is a rare, "feel good" motion picture that doesn't insult our intelligence while making its play for our emotions.
88
The butt of the hilarious and heartfelt screenplay by Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey) is homophobia, and his sting is wickedly on target.
80
The New York Times
Deliver laughs and skewer a few stereotypes, thanks to extremely sly wit and a fine cast.
78
My advice: Go; see; laugh yourself silly.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
The result is one of the jollier comedies of the year, a movie so mainstream that you can almost watch it backing away from confrontation, a film aimed primarily at a middle-American heterosexual audience.
75
Christian Science Monitor
Combines a celebration of tolerance with an affirmation of family and community values, and a surprising amount of laugh-out-loud hilarity.
70
Salon
The movie swirls around Kline a little too much -- he's a brilliant comic actor, but he isn't allowed to cut loose as much as we'd like, to show us the slightly loony person we know is lurking beneath this ultrasane. character's veneer.
63
Even if the movie is not a work of comic - or philosophical - genius, its existence does foretell of tolerance gaining a foothold in a largely intolerant world.
50
May provide a service by making gay issues innocuous and funny and more acceptable to a broader audience, but Rudnick's play-it-safe script and Frank Oz's antiseptic direction manage instead to trivialize the subject.
50
The movie gradually peters out.

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