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.