All of Greenleaf, Indiana is watching this year's telecast of the Oscars as Hollywood heartthrob and local boy made good Cameron Drake has been nominated for his first ever Best Actor Oscar for his latest movie role as a gay soldier. Cameron's high school English teacher Howard Brackett is overjoyed when Cameron wins the award and mentions Howard's contribution in his acting life. That joy turns to horror when Cameron mentions to the worldwide audience that Howard is gay, especially horrific to Howard as he is engaged to fellow teacher Emily Montgomery, a woman with self-esteem issues as she had battled weight issues most of her life before she lost seventy-five pounds for the wedding. Howard's life is totally disrupted as Hollywood media descends on Greenleaf in order to get Howard's story. The rest of Greenleaf also openly wonders if Howard is indeed gay, as he exhibits many stereotypical gay tendencies, such as being neat, and loving music, dancing, poetry and Barbra Streisand. His...Written by
Whether you dug this movie or not, you've got to give it credit for having major guts. Remember, this is a big Hollywood comedy, with a big Hollywood budget, and a major studio behind it. And the protagonist ends up discovering his homosexuality. Now, that might not seem like much of a risk to some moviegoers, but try to think of another big studio comedy (I'm not talking about independent films) that has the courage to go this route. The filmmakers could have just as easily wimped out, as would be the usual choice.
Besides the above, this is a finely crafted comedy. It's funny and touching and well written and acted. Sure, it's not perfect, but it succeeds, which is more than one can say for most other comedies.
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