A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards.


Frank Oz


Paul Rudnick
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... Howard Brackett
Joan Cusack ... Emily Montgomery
Tom Selleck ... Peter Malloy
Matt Dillon ... Cameron Drake
Debbie Reynolds ... Berniece Brackett
Wilford Brimley ... Frank Brackett
Bob Newhart ... Tom Halliwell
Gregory Jbara ... Walter Brackett
Shalom Harlow ... Sonya
Shawn Hatosy ... Jack
Zak Orth ... Mike
Lauren Ambrose ... Vicky
Alexandra Holden ... Meredith
Lewis J. Stadlen ... Ed Kenrow
Deborah Rush ... Ava Blazer


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 Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


An out-and-out comedy.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »


When Peter Malloy walks in on Howard Brackett at the cafe, Howard flips his spoon off the end of the table. In the next shot Howard is holding a fork, then in the next shot he does not have any implement in his hand. See more »


Jennifer the Flower Girl: My mom says it won't last.
Berniece: Your mom's an alcoholic.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the cast is dancing to "Macho Man" and goofing off at Berniece and Frank's wedding reception. See more »


Spoofs A Few Good Men (1992) See more »


Written by Willie Nelson
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
By Arrangement with Universal Special Markets
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An Honest Review
13 November 2018 | by generationofswineSee all my reviews

The movie is hysterical, it really is a funny film, and one that tries its best to stand up for Gay Rights back in the late 90s when Don't Ask Don't Tell was the height of Gay Rights.

Unfortunately people are reviewing this with an eye to the present and claiming that it stereotypes Gay men, and it does to an extent, but I do believe that a lot of the single star reviews would have made the same complaint no matter what they did with the lead character.

The fact is, for its time, for its era, it was part of the wave of films and TV shows that helped to normalize homosexuality in America, and it's that normalization that, more than any activism, helped for the Civil Rights victories we are seeing in the present.

To shun it over politics is literally to bite the hand that feeds you, especially since it has a clear message that homophobia is wrong and it was movies and TV shows like this that helped bring the attitudes and views on homosexuality that everyone supports today.

But, honestly, none of that matters. What matters is entertainment, that is why movies are made. Even informative movies have to have an eye towards entertaining the viewers if they want to actually be watched.

And, this movie is entertaining. This movie is hysterical, even if the masculinity tape was a bit of a stretch of the imagination even for a comedy, it still was a stretch that won one or two laughs from the audience.

Ultimately, it is a funny film that will entertain. So try to leave your political baggage at the door, and, if you can't, realize that it was films like this that helped normalize the views the American public has towards your political agenda...and then sit back and enjoy a funny and uplifting film with a strong moral.

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Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In & Out See more »

Filming Locations:

Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, USA See more »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,019,821, 21 September 1997

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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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