When a Hollywood heart throb (Matt Dillon, playing a Brad Pitt look-alike) "outs" his small-town high-school drama teacher Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline) during the Oscar telecast, the entire (fictional) town of Greenleaf, Indiana, wonders if Howard's really gay. More to the point, Howard wonders, too--quite a dilemma considering his pending marriage to Emily (Joan Cusack), who's patiently tolerated a three-year engagement. While a TV reporter (Tom Selleck) covers the ensuing furore, screenwriter Paul Rudnick and director Frank Oz make good-natured humour their highest priority, turning the "crisis" of coming out into a laugh-out-loud spin on conventional romantic comedy. The result is a film that delivers constant laughs and a golden opportunity for its fine cast to show off their considerable comedic talents--especially Cusack, who deservedly earned an Oscar nomination for her hilarious performance as the bride who's almost as confused as her would-be husband. That Rudnick and Oz have made a great comedy that's both old-fashioned and relevant is no small feat, but In and Out
has no hidden agenda apart from its triumphant desire to entertain. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Indiana backwater teacher Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline) is shocked when a former student, now a superstar actor, 'outs' Howard in his big Oscar night speech - Howard wasn't even aware that he was gay! He now attempts to assert his masculinity as he goes ahead with his wedding to Emily (Joan Cusack), in the knowledge that the whole town now believes him to be a closet homosexual.