Straight Jacket (2004)

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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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NR
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Comedy , Gay & Lesbian
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Cast

Jack Plotnick
as Freddie Stevens
Clinton Leupp
as Bernice Ornstein
Matt Bushell
as Moron No. 2
John Ganun
as Crewman
Matt Letscher
as Guy Stone
Jennifer Elise Cox
as Betty Bright
Eric Stonestreet
as Labor Organizer
Ron Mathews
as Salvation Army Man
Paul Willson
as Coal Executive
Tom Lenk
as Teddy
Adam Greer
as Rick Foster
Ricky Dean Logan
as Moron No. 1
David Jahn
as Priest
David Burke
as Ray Verrine
Butch Klein
as Waiter
Adrian Neil
as Jeroen
Lorna Scott
as Louella
Shea Curry
as Starlet
Benjamin Sprunger
as Trick in Alley
Scott Fishkind
as Reporter
Sam Pancake
as Tour Guide
George Alan
as Waiter
Ryun Yu
as Bess
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Critic Reviews for Straight Jacket

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

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
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 7, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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Day's pyrotechnic dialogue and instinctive comic timing make Straight-Jacket a delight.

Full Review… | January 6, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A fey and frisky farce with a fabulous fashion sense.

Full Review… | December 23, 2004
Variety
Top Critic

Wastes its promising premise with a wavering tone that veers uneasily between camp humor and, pardon the expression, straightness.

December 23, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

December 13, 2004
New York Times
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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.

Mike Leopold
Mike Leopold

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.

Ina S
Ina S

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Giffy Giffoniello
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