Mike Nichols (1996, MGM)
Starring Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, and Callista
A gay couple play straight for one man's son, who wants to introduce
them to his fiancÚ and her conservative parents.
October 17th, 1999 on TV
I wanted to see this movie
out of curiosity. Everybody says it is the best movie at
portraying a gay couple. While this is true compared to all the
other movies I've seen, I have to say that I haven't seen too many
movies about gay people. I thought "In and Out" was hilarious.
Funnier than this, anyway.
The main characters, a gay couple (men) whose son isn't gay,
are quite convincing. Williams' character was great, and Lane's was
good, too, though way too feminine-like and whiny to be enjoyed too much.
The scenes where he plays the mother were funny, but not hilarious.
The son is getting married to the daughter of a very conservative
senator, and they want the parents to meet before the wedding. They
hurt Lane's character's feelings when they want him out of the building
for a night, and that's when he becomes the most annoying whiner.
But the movie was fairly enjoyable nonetheless. It was
obviously trying to be perfectly stereotypically gay, and making fun of
itself at the same time. That worked, but left me without any real
feelings about the movie afterward.