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Straight Jacket (2004)

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30

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 7

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An actor trying to keep the truth about his love life under wraps discovers feelings he doesn't want to hide in this frothy comedy. It's the mid-'50s, and Guy Stone (Matt Letscher) is a very successful movie star. Tall, good-looking, and boyishly charming, Stone has a reputation as a ladies' man with a very active love life. However, the truth is a bit different: while Stone is indeed enjoying more romantic misadventures than he can keep track of, he happens to prefer the company of men. When a

Unrated,

Gay & Lesbian, Comedy

Jun 21, 2005

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It's a shame, then, that Straight-Jacket turns dour and melodramatic ... The light-hearted fun seeps out of the movie, replaced by trite interludes of coming-out angst, McCarthy-era persecution and even gay-bashing.

January 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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It has verve, color and energy, but there's something fundamentally bogus about it, and whenever it takes a turn into seriousness, entire moments fall apart.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Day's pyrotechnic dialogue and instinctive comic timing make Straight-Jacket a delight.

January 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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A fey and frisky farce with a fabulous fashion sense.

December 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Wastes its promising premise with a wavering tone that veers uneasily between camp humor and, pardon the expression, straightness.

December 23, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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This featherweight spoof of closeted, Red-baiting Hollywood in the mid-1950's is played as such an exaggerated cartoon that its political outrage is dissipated by its stridency.

December 13, 2004
New York Times
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On film, things play as flatly as any failed soufflé.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Until it tries to mean something, Straight-Jacket is an enjoyably manic little farce whose wit far exceeds its production budget.

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

At its best when it's sending up '50s-era Hollywood and it's at its worst when trying to make a serious point.

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

As satire, it is often deliciously barbed and catty, the jokes flying fast and furious ... but when it tries to make its points seriously, it immediately loses me.

February 22, 2005 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Some of it is smart, much clever, most funny and all entertaining.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

The perkiness with a capital P, gorgeous set and great color can't completely salvage an occasionally strong cast and middling story (and don't forget a lousy, if literal, title).

January 13, 2005
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Movies can never again be so corny, campy and PC clumsy as some of the howlers of the 1950s and '60s. But Straight-Jacket has a spiffy and gay (both senses) time joining the party.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Though its heart is in the right place, everything gets tangled up in the film's lunacy.

December 10, 2004
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This clever confection adopts the genre conventions of the era's madcap romantic comedies and, later, melodramas for its tale about barely closeted movie star Guy Stone.

November 29, 2004
Boxoffice Magazine

A campy, fun, old-fashioned romp that's just a bit light in the loafers.

November 24, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Audience Reviews for Straight Jacket

Very fun, campy film with some great moments and lead actors that throw themselves into the film with gusto and a lot of self-deprecating humour. The timing wasn't always perfect and the hilarity was unfortunately not sustained throughout the whole movie. But overall an entertaining, well-meaning comedy with just a pinch of truth.
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