Sunday, March 29, 2015

In & Out (1997)

IMDb plot summary: A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards.
Directed by Frank Oz. Starring Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, and Matt Dillon.

I'm... a little torn on this one. While as always I freaking love Kevin Kline, and there are a couple good really laugh-out-loud moments in this movie, it touches on a pet peeve of mine: that gay people will always act a certain way, and if someone acts like that, well, then, they must be gay. The movie uses those stereotypes in a way that never quite gets below the surface, and while parts of it are really entertaining, a lot of it makes me squirm a little. Still, the movie has its heart in the right place and Kline is really delightful, and I thoroughly enjoyed the silly-but-heartfelt place the story landed at the end. So... it's fun, but doesn't sit quite right for me.

3 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
In & Out > Arthur Christmas
In & Out < Argo
In & Out < Munich
In & Out > Aliens
In & Out < The Kid (2000)
In & Out > Like Crazy
In & Out > Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
In & Out < Crimes and Misdemeanors
In & Out < High School Musical 3: Senior Year
In & Out > The Dresser
In & Out > Cabaret
Final spot: #966 out of 2344.

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