In & Out (1997)

In & Out

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Critic Consensus: 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.


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and some strong language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Rudnick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 20, 1998
Runtime:
Paramount

Cast


as Howard Brackett

as Emily Montgomery

as Cameron Drake

as Berniece Brackett

as Frank Brackett

as Tom Halliwell

as Peter Malloy

as Ava Blazer

as Ed Kenrow

as Walter Brackett

as Trina Paxton

as Meredith

as Herself

as Mrs. Lester

as Aldo Hooper

as Military Attorney

as Father Tim

as Fred Mooney

as Emmett Wilson

as Reverend Morgan

as Carl Mickley

as Cousin Lenny

as Cousin Ernie

as Cousin Gretchen

as Aunt Susan

as Cousin Ellen

as Aunt Marge

as Stan Forrest

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as Locker Room Guy

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as Locker Room Guy

as Locker Room Guy

as Mrs. Baxter

as Bartender

as Cameraman

as Cousin Linda

as Billy's Mom

as Billy's Dad

as Classroom Student

as Classroom Student

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as Awards Event Model

as Classroom Reporter

as Classroom Reporter

as School Reporter

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as Wedding Photographer
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Critic Reviews for In & Out

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (13)

Fast-moving and very funny.

Full Review… | April 11, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Actually, the funniest parts of the movie are excerpts from the film that Cameron is originally nominated for.

Full Review… | April 11, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

Basically a one-joke farce that plays around with a once-delicate subject that by now is a mainstay even on TV.

Full Review… | December 1, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

...an often painfully broad comedy that's rarely as entertaining (or as funny) as one might've anticipated.

Full Review… | April 4, 2015
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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.

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Al S

Super Reviewer

½

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. 

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

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!

thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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