In & Out


(out of 5)

Pointedly funny comedy by Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey, Addams Family Values) about a shy, mild-mannered high school teacher () whose life is thrown into a frenzy when a former student () wins an Academy Award and tells everyone that his favourite teacher Kline is gay (the film’s plot is a hypothetical spinoff of what could have happened after Tom Hanks’ acceptance speech the night he won for Philadelphia). Now Kline’s parents (, ), students, colleagues and especially fiancee of fourteen years (, who is, as Rudnick himself put it, God) are getting nervous, hoping to get to the bottom of this admission.  Enter tabloid reporter  who helps put a few things, um, straight for our hero. Sharp-as-nails attacks on the ignorant assumptions and ideas that Middle Americans have about gays and lesbians are more than welcome, as is the exceptionally funny screenplay, but if nothing else attracts you to see the film, watch it for Cusack’s knockout performance.

Paramount Pictures, Spelling Films

USA, 1997

Directed by

Screenplay by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 1997

Golden Globe Awards 1997

Toronto International Film Festival 1997


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