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In & Out

In & Out (1997)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 13

It doesn't always find comfortable ground between broad comedy and social commentary, but lively performances -- especially from Kevin Kline and Joan Cusack -- enrich In & Out's mixture of laughs and sexual tolerance.


Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 4

It doesn't always find comfortable ground between broad comedy and social commentary, but lively performances -- especially from Kevin Kline and Joan Cusack -- enrich In & Out's mixture of laughs and sexual tolerance.



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Life is sweet for high-school English teacher and sports coach Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline); he's still living where he grew up, he has a good relationship with his father (Wilford Brimley) and mother (Debbie Reynolds), he's respected by his community, and he's about to marry Emily (Joan Cusack), his fiancée of three years. Fearing she was about to become an old maid, Emily has shed 75 pounds for the upcoming nuptials. But first, the entire town of Greenleaf, IN, settles in to watch the Academy



Paul Rudnick

Oct 20, 1998


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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (13) | DVD (6)

Fast-moving and very funny.

April 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Actually, the funniest parts of the movie are excerpts from the film that Cameron is originally nominated for.

April 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Basically a one-joke farce that plays around with a once-delicate subject that by now is a mainstay even on TV.

December 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The Hollywood stuff at the beginning with Glenn Close as an Oscar presenter and Matt Dillon as a puffed-up star on the rise is as funny and as nasty as anything in Libby Gelman-Waxner's columns.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Oz wants it both ways, though, and can't resist hammering home the message with a prolonged Spartacus-style climax quite as ludicrous as the Oscar winning film-within-the-film.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Never amounts to more than a thin sketch.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
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Forget the inevitable carping and give credit where credit is due.

April 11, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

If only it was gay in the old sense of the word.

April 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4

The clever screenwriter Paul Rudnick cooks up a solid script that's both wildly funny and gently satirical.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

In & Out is the screwball Philadelphia, a movie that contorts itself in order to indulge and then whitewash the core audience's perceived homophobia.

September 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

A plain ol' enjoyable time at the movies.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source:

Paul Rudnick has written scenes that will go down as classics.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source:

We could use more movie comedies like In & Out.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A benign spoof on the bias people have against gays.

May 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Overall, it isn't bad, but it is disappointing.

March 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Oh, what a swell movie we have with In & Out.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

The film was directed by Frank Oz, who's not the edgiest of filmmakers but still put together a fine little film, well made and entertaining.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Kline delivers an intriguing, fence-straddling performance.

August 2, 2002
Arizona Daily Star

There's not a lot of plot momentum and the denouement is a bit simplistic and patronizing, but this light-hearted fare has enough fun moments and witty social-commentary barbs to make it worthwhile.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Não é um filme excepcional, mas consegue fazer rir.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

A paean to diversity that proudly shows its colors.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for In & Out

A joyful and hilarious coming out of the closet party with a cant-miss list of stars. A wonderfully enjoyable movie with a magnificent performance by Kevin Kline.
February 25, 2014

Super Reviewer

Emily: Is everybody gay? Is this a Twilight Zone?

"An out-and-out comedy"

In & Out is one of those movies I'm in-between on. It's not a film I necessarily liked, but I also would have trouble saying it was a bad movie. As far as the film goes, it's pretty well made and features a good performance from Kevin Kline and a pretty solid supporting cast. It all seemed so dull though, and the film had very, very few truly funny moments. 

Howard Brackett is an English teacher who has been engaged for three years and plans on marrying her soon. When one of his former students wins the academy award for best actor, he makes an acceptance speech in which he thanks his gay teacher Mr. Brackett. This leads Howard to question his own sexuality, while the small, rural town goes crazy amidst the rumor and gossip. Will the wedding happen? Is Walter gay? And does anybody really care if he is?

In & Out isn't a bad movie, it just wasn't my brand of comedy. It's worth a look if you think the story sounds interesting, and at the very least you'll see another good performance by Kevin Kline, plus one of Joan Cusack's funnier roles. In the end though, I could take this movie or leave it. It was easy to sit through, but it isn't anything I care to see again or anything I'll probably remember. 
June 8, 2013
Melvin White

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Comedy about a teacher who is outted by his ex-pupil at the Oscars! Good cast. Funny scene where the girlfriend can't use the old fashioned phone. Kevin and Matt are good at comedies. Should make more!
April 28, 2013
Candy Rose

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Cast: Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds, Wilford Brimley, Bob Newhart, Deborah Rush, Lewis J. Stadlen, Gregory Jbara, Shalom Harlow, Shawn Hatosy, Zak Orth, Lauren Ambrose, Alexandra Holden, Selma Blair, Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno

Director: Frank Oz

Summary: When dim-bulb actor Cameron Drake (Matt Dillon) wins an Oscar for playing a gay Marine, he outs his high school drama teacher, Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline), in his acceptance speech. It all comes as a surprise to Howard -- not to mention to his long-suffering fiancée, Emily (Joan Cusack). With his wedding just days away and national media descending on his town, Howard's under the gun to prove just how much of a man he is.

My Thoughts: "Although the film is funny and even silly at times, it really shows how very small minded some are about Gay people. That being said, the film was fun. Kevin Kline was great as Howard. I personally enjoyed the scene where Howard is listening to a Masculine tape. Stereotypical, yes, but funny none the less."
April 20, 2011

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