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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.
½ December 7, 2014
Mildy Amusing As It Builds More & More Into A Comedy Of Errors. It Was A Story For IT's Day, One With Much Faux Par That Has Since (Almost) Disappeared In The Post-90s 22nd Century.
November 14, 2014
Great fun, Kevin Kline is great
November 13, 2014
In and Out is a brilliantly written spoof of "coming out" with equally brilliant performances by a stellar cast. Yes, it's broad comedy but that's what makes the stereotypes palatable and hilarious...from Joan Cusak sitting at the bar in her bridal dress and yelling "Is EVERYBODY gay?" to the bachelor party fight over Yentl and was Barbra Streisand too old. Only Kevin Klein, who in my estimation is one of today's greatest actors, could have kissed Tom Selleck with such repressed glee and Debbie Reynold's glare when she shows up at the door to confront her outed son. Wilford Brimley and Bob Newhart and Matt Dillon round out this funny funny cast. I watch this movie once a year and still laugh out loud each and every time. Shake off your fears of laughing at stereotypes. It's an intention farce is probably my 2nd favorite Kevin Klein move (behind Sophie's Choice).
September 6, 2014
The comedy about the closeted life might seem dated now, and the movie isn't that old, but it was a different era. Who could have imagined attitudes would change so rapidly?

To me this movie resonates of a simpler time. Seeing high school students without smartphones was refreshing, believe me.

And watching this great cast work with a great script made watching this film for the third time as enjoyable as the first.
½ August 16, 2014
(First and only viewing - In my early twenties)
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