In & Out
More About In & Out
After three chaste years of engagement, popular high school teacher Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline) is finally getting married, and his upcoming wedding to Miss Emily Montgomery (Joan Cusack) is the talk of their small, friendly town. But when a hometown boy-made-movie star outs Howard as gay during his Best Actor Oscar acceptance speech on national television, Howard must convince his friends, family, fiancée, and students that he's straight before his wedding day--but can he convince himself? Joan Cusack received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role as the beleaguered fiancée in this Frank Oz-directed comedy.
Main Cast & Crew
Frank Oz - Director
Exuberant, tart, and gently mocking of America's straight-laced response to nontraditional sexual matters, IN & OUT traces the both painful and laugh-filled journey of popular teacher Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline) from being everyone's buddy to an being an oddity when he's outed on national television by a former student turned movie star. Only days away from marrying longtime fiancée Emily (Joan Cusack), Howard scrambles all over town assuring everyone that he's not gay and the wedding is still on. But a kiss from a male TV entertainment reporter (Tom Selleck) spins Howard's world upside down--or perhaps finally right-side up. A howlingly funny and dead-on script by Paul Rudnick, shining performances by Kline and Cusack, and a deftly crafted message about placing individuals above stereotypes propel IN & OUT into the upper echelon of social comedies.
The story of Howard Brackett was inspired by Tom Hanks's "outing" of his retired drama teacher in his Oscar acceptance speech for PHILADELPHIA. Joan Cusack's Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for IN & OUT was her second, the first being for her role in WORKING GIRL. Screenwriter Paul Rudnick, as Libby Gelman-Waxner, writes a popular film-criticism column for PREMIERE magazine.
"...Full of topical belly laughs....IN is one coming-out party that aims to please nearly everyone..." -- 3 out of 4 stars - 09/19/1997 USA Today, p.1D
"...IN AND OUT does deliver laughs and skewer a few stereotypes, thanks to extremely sly wit and a fine cast..." - 09/19/1997 New York Times, p.E12
"...A truly funny, sophisticated, compassionate mainstream Hollywood comedy..." - 09/26/1997 Entertainment Weekly, p.50-1
"...IN & OUT is a comedy of the moment with laughs that last far into the night..." - 09/19/1997 Los Angeles Times, p.F19
"...IN AND OUT is a lot of fun, an audience pleaser that creates characters that only become more likable the more the plot digs in..." - 09/19/1997 Chicago Sun-Times, p.37