Straight Jacket (2004)
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as Freddie Stevens
as Bernice Ornstein
as Moron No. 2
as Guy Stone
as Betty Bright
as Labor Organizer
as Salvation Army Man
as Coal Executive
as Rick Foster
as Moron No. 1
as Ray Verrine
as Trick in Alley
as Tour Guide
Critic Reviews for Straight Jacket
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.
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.
Day's pyrotechnic dialogue and instinctive comic timing make Straight-Jacket a delight.
Wastes its promising premise with a wavering tone that veers uneasily between camp humor and, pardon the expression, straightness.
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.
Audience Reviews for Straight Jacket
A cute movie based on a gay movie star in the 1950's faking a marriage while he loves another guy. Cute and clever at times, but a little over the top at times also. campy fun for some, and lame for others. But more camp than lame.
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.
If you don't like camp, this movie will not be your cup of tea. It was amazingly campy, on a level that so few movies are. However, unlike most campy movies, it was able to step out of its camp when it needed to be serious. The ending was idealistic beyond belief, but the movie set up that movies have idealist endings, so I was okay with it. My only big qualm with the movie was that I wished it did a little more to make the audience like the main male lead. All in all, a funny little romp with its efforts at seriousness.
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