In & OutSeptember 19, 1997
A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards.
Release Year: 1997
Rating: 6.2/10 (21,650 voted)
Critic's Score: 70/100
Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck
A high school English teacher is outed as a gay man by a former student while accepting an Academy Award. Comedy ensues in the teacher's private life and small town where he teaches. Story rumored to be loosely based upon Tom Hanks acceptance speech when receiving his Academy Award for "Philadelphia".
Lewis J. Stadlen
An out-and-out comedy.
Release Date: 19 September 1997
Filming Locations: Clinton, New Jersey, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $15,019,821
(21 September 1997)
(25 January 1998)
Did You Know?
The suit Matt Dillon wears to the Academy Awards is based on the suit Brad Pitt wore at
The 68th Annual Academy Awards.
The Oscars are awarded in the late March or early April, yet corn is shown growing unseasonably high and students are shown graduating. The weeds by the side of the road when they "meet at the intersection" are foxtails and they are dry and brown which puts this at an actual time of Sept. or so.
I don't have time. I promised to do that photo shot this afternoon. I have to shower and vomit!
Yes, it is funny, but still a bait-and-switch
Without a doubt, much humor and good performances. The scene with the
"Exploring Your Masculinity" tape (this is the one where Kline is told that
real men don't dance) had me laughing so hard that I had tears in my
Unfortunately, everything that I had seen and read about this movie before I
went to see it indicated that it was a case of a man who was wrongly
"outed"… period. When it became evident that he was going to end up being
gay (notice his foot-lifting during the kiss with Selleck), I felt very let
I didn't want to go see an "it's okay to be gay" movie (there seem to be
enough of that type already). I wanted to see the teacher who seems to fit
the "gay profile", if you will, gets falsely outed, but nevertheless is
Making Peter Malloy (Selleck) gay shows that gay doesn't have to fit any
preconceived profile (remember, this is the guy who played Magnum, P.I.).
But by making Howard Brackett (Kline) gay, it supports the idea that
sensitive, poetry-loving (etc.) men must be gay. The viewer would have been
better served had the movie stuck with the premise that gay/straight doesn't
have to fit a stereotype; let "manly" Sellect be gay and "sensitive" Kline
Don't interpret this as a gay-bashing/homophobe review; it is not. I
sympathize with Kline's character inasmuch as I am a man in his early 30's
who is still unmarried, and occasionally catches the "how come he isn't
married" sort of thing from people.