Jun 22

Film review – In & Out (1997)

Film review – In & Out (1997)

In Out

Rating: 6/10

Starring: Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds, Wilford Brimley, Bob Newhart, Shawn Hatosy, Zak Orth, Alexandra Holden, Lauren Ambrose, June Squibb, Shalom Harlow, Gregory Jbara, Lewis J. Stadlen, Deborah Rush, Kevin Chamberlin, Kate McGregor-Stewart, Debra Monk, Ernie Sabella, Joseph Maher, William Duell, Alice Drummond, Selma Blair, Whoopi Goldberg, Glenn Close, Jay Leno, Dan Hedaya

Directed by: Frank Oz

Review: Film review – In & Out (1997) – This romantic comedy stars Kevin Kline as Howard Brackett an English teacher who is outed as being gay by former student Cameron Drake played by Matt Dillon at an Oscar ceremony. He is about to be married to Emily Montgomery played by Joan Cusack and so the outing causes confusion and consternation. The next day he is hounded by the press and in particular Peter Malloy a TV journalist played by Tom Selleck. As the wedding approaches Malloy who is also gay helps Howard to understand that he is indeed gay and just didn’t know it. This leads to Howard coming out in front of the whole wedding just as he is about to take his vows.

It’s not high art but it is occasionally funny and Kline in particular plays the part well. Joan Cusack was also praised for her performance as the eponymous wife to be. Tom Selleck is less convincing as the gay journalist but does provide some of the comedy including a ten second kiss with Kline noted at the time. The films positive portrayal of gay issues in middle America was also praise worthy for its time.

Worth a watch as there is some fun to be had, its a popcorn movie, suitable for a Sunday evening quiet night in.



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