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  • Summary: When a former student's Oscar acceptance speech calls his sexuality into question, drama teacher Howard Brackett (Kline) scrambles to assert his masculinity as he prepares for his wedding.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
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  1. As a sharky, gay TV journalist investigating the story, Tom Selleck charms by playing in contrast to his own determinedly hetero persona.
  2. 88
    The butt of the hilarious and heartfelt screenplay by Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey) is homophobia, and his sting is wickedly on target.
  3. Deliver laughs and skewer a few stereotypes, thanks to extremely sly wit and a fine cast.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Aside from Dillon, who brightens every scene he's in, the delightful surprise here is Selleck, who brings wonderfully mischievous, energizing and self-deprecating qualities to the role of the dirt-digging but ultimately on-the-level broadcaster.
  5. 70
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Darren Bignell
    40
    Far too light and reliant on the Hollywood romantic clich_ to explore its topic intelligently, and - appropriately enough - leaves Kline looking like a Muppet.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 5, 2010
    10
    In & Out is a great movie. The combination of Kevin Kline as a gay teacher who's never known he's gay until his wedding day and Tom Selleck asIn & Out is a great movie. The combination of Kevin Kline as a gay teacher who's never known he's gay until his wedding day and Tom Selleck as a gay reporter who proves it to him are what makes In & Out the masterpiece it is. This is a great movie. Don't miss it. Expand
  2. Sep 5, 2014
    7
    Over-the-top gay fun! It's deep and powerful themes are hidden amongst great laughs and an almost coming-of-age/coming-out-of-the-closetOver-the-top gay fun! It's deep and powerful themes are hidden amongst great laughs and an almost coming-of-age/coming-out-of-the-closet story. Kevin Kline and Tom Selleck kiss for ten seconds--do you need more of a reason? Expand
  3. Jul 4, 2014
    6
    A commercially successful mainstream out-of-the-closet comedy in the 90s mocking the stereotypical homophobia in the provincial midwesternA commercially successful mainstream out-of-the-closet comedy in the 90s mocking the stereotypical homophobia in the provincial midwestern America, directed by the voice-of-Yoda, Frank Oz (THE STEPFORD WIVIES 2004, 4/10), and stars a dapper Kevin Cline as Howard Brackett, a high school English teacher being outed on the 68th Oscar ceremony by his former student Cameron Drake (Dillon) in his BEST ACTOR acceptance speech, in addition to that, he is scheduled to marry his longtime fiancée Emily (Cusack) within three days.

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