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½ March 12, 2018
I watched this film because I wanted something light and not too much demanding.

The plot is pretty easy: an emerging actor wins the Oscar and during his acceptance speech he simply says thank to his school teacher, labeling him as gay. The problem is that the teacher is going to get married and his wife-to-be doesn't take it well. It's a shock. The teacher tries to prove he is not gay at all.

As I said, the plot is very simple, there are some funny situations, but as a whole this film isn't a masterpiece.

For sure the great part of the film is sustained by Kevin Kline who does a remarkable and believable job.

Despite it's only an average comedy, it worth to be watched at least one time.
December 6, 2017
For all its good intentions, good humor, and good performances (especially Kline, whose energy lifts everything around him), the movie is too shallow, too safe, and ultimately too cliché. Queerness here is stripped of all romance and sexuality, instead being reduced to a series of stereotypes, so that by the time the happy resolution comes-a gay Spartacus bit that works better on paper than as the film's actual climax-the film has engaged in too much homophobia to simply wash away and ignore.
½ May 4, 2017
Frank Oz swings and misses here. It might have been funny if it wasn't so offensive and loaded with stereotypes of gay men. (First viewing - In my early twenties)
April 23, 2017
I love this movie, I have to watch it whenever it's on.
March 4, 2017
I forgot how much fun this 80's classic is. ??
August 23, 2016
Maybe this was progressive back in 1997 but today this feels almost medieval. Kevin Kline is great and there's definitely good intention but it's lost in the film's schticky, farcical style and an over reliance on broad stereotypes.
½ July 12, 2016
Kevin Kline and Joan Cusack help to elevate this humble comedy and denounce social stereotypes.
January 30, 2016
This is a good movie. I wouldn't even recognize Tom Selleck without his mustache. Nice commentary on fly over country.
½ December 26, 2015
Despite not perfect, one of the funniest films you'll ever seen. Everybody stands out in another gem by Frank Oz, a comedy genius.
½ December 23, 2015
Very dated. Relevance is limited to geographies where being gay is actually a big deal, and usually bad. For those in more enlightened communities, it's bizarre and boring. And just a bit queer...
June 28, 2015
Kevin Kline is Howard Brackett, a local high school teacher who is about to be married in three days. A student of his (Matt Dillon) upon winning an Oscar thanks him for being one of his teachers and in the process names him to be gay. Brackett then must deal with the small town rumors and media hype that surround that spawn from this broadcast and soon to wonder himself if this truly is false. In & Out was an average movie from start to finish.
June 18, 2015
It's a cute films and Kevin Kline is great, as usual, but it is definitely dated in its' message. Still it's a fun watch.
June 2, 2015
"In & Out" is hilarious, and manages to be thought provoking without being condescending or preachy.
½ May 29, 2015
It's well intentioned but poorly executed to a point. While Kevin Kline, Debbie Reynolds, and especially Joan Cusack give delightful performances, it's really preachy and uncomfortable in the humor that seems so forced. Especially the ending which was sooooooooo poorly executed even though I know it meant well but it just was not how to convey what they were trying to say correctly. I know this topic was probably a little more edgy for its time but all I know is it doesn't really age well for 2015 but it still has a nice number of laughs and a better backstory on how the movie came to be than the movie itself. Matt Dillon also has a fun small role as does Bob Newhart
May 10, 2015
Kline is funny which saves a film whose social message sometimes gets in the way of the humor.
½ April 19, 2015
A lighthearted, congenial comedy, in which American acceptance of homosexuality in a small-town community, is satirized. During his Oscar acceptance speech, a Hollywood star (Matt Dillon) outs his former teacher (Kevin Kline), who is about to be married, as gay. Kline denies the revelation as the conservative community reacts with predictable bewilderment. The movie is most successful at satirizing gay stereotypes, but when the entire community rallies behind the teacher, after he has been fired, it turns virtuous and didactic, and the picture collapses. Kline is inspired in his self-deceptions, but the character's asexuality reveals a closeted sensibility by the filmmakers that undermines the satire. Written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Frank Oz, this is a middle-of-the-road comedy that is so well meaning and slackly paced that it evaporates in the mind. Joan Cusack as Kline's fiancée, who is always on the verge of hysteria, is marvelous. Tom Selleck has one of his best roles in years as a salacious reporter. With Wilford Brimley and Debbie Reynolds as Kline's parents, and Bob Newhart as the disapproving school principal.
March 9, 2015
Paul Rudnick has written great gay comedies ("Jeffrey", "Regrets Only"), but his transition to films with such movies as "Addams Family Values" and "In & Out" is overall, still quite good. This movie is funny, funny, funny, poking at stereotypes hilariously but with a good-natured, non-abrasive self-awareness. Add to that a chuckle-inducing cast (Kevin Kline is unbelievable here), and you have a good comedy.
½ January 20, 2015
This movie is pretty lame. It basically tries to say that if you tell someone they're gay, they'll start to believe it. Come on.
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