Critics' Corner
Desson Howe - Weekend section, "The movie gradually peters out."

Rita Kempley - Style section, "Hilarious ... It's dishy, but not swishy."

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'In & Out'

Scene from this movie Kevin Kline is Howard Brackett, a rather swishy high school teacher in Greenleaf, Ind., who inspires his students with poetry and literature. Things are looking up. Hes popular with his students. Hes about to marry his longtime fiancee, Emily. And Cameron, a former pupil-turned professional actor, is up for an Academy Award.

The good news: On national television, Cameron wins the Oscar and acknowledges Howard as a major influence. The bad news: He concludes the tribute with these words: "And hes gay." Howard and the little town of Greenleaf fall into stunned silence. Howards first order of business is to assure his fiancee, his parents and the sudden invasion of TV journalists that hes a heterosexual. -- Desson Howe
Rated PG-13

Director: Frank Oz
Cast: Kevin Kline; Joan Cusack; Matt Dillon; Debbie Reynolds; Wilford Brimley;
Bob Newhart; Tom Selleck
Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Filmographies: Kevin Kline; Joan Cusack;
Matt Dillon; Debbie Reynolds;
Tom Selleck