Straight Jacket

2004

Straight Jacket

Critics Consensus

Straight Jacket succeeds in its moments of lighthearted comedy, but ultimately collapses under the weight of its serious -- and clumsily imparted -- messages.

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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 scandal sheet gets wind of his sexual proclivities, Stone's manager (Veronica Cartwright) and the head of his studio (Victor Raider-Wexler) decide some camouflage is in order. Stone's handlers arrange for him to marry Sally (Carrie Preston), a sweet and naïve secretary from the studio who is entirely unaware that the man of her dreams is gay. As Stone tries to make the best of his sham marriage while feeling twinges of guilt about the toll it may take on Sally, he meets Rick Foster (Adam Greer), an author whose most recent novel is being adapted into a script for Stone. To Stone's surprise, he find himself falling seriously in love with Foster and discovers that Foster, like himself, has a few secrets that could put his Hollywood career in jeopardy. Straight-Jacket was directed by Richard Day, who also wrote the screenplay which was adapted from his off-Broadway play of the same name.

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Critic Reviews for Straight Jacket

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (11)

  • On film, things play as flatly as any failed souffl.

    March 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Until it tries to mean something, Straight-Jacket is an enjoyably manic little farce whose wit far exceeds its production budget.

    February 25, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Some of it is smart, much clever, most funny and all entertaining.

    January 15, 2005 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Straight Jacket

  • Oct 02, 2008
    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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