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I just re-saw “In & Out” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119360/), which I hadn’t seen since it was released in 1997. It’s one of those comedies where nearly every performer gets something funny to do, thanks to Paul Rudnick’s script and Frank Oz’s direction.

Kevin Kline slaughters in the lead role, pulling laughs in everything from subtle facial expressions to a wild dance. Joan Cusack digs in to find comedy in a role — a first hopeful then disappointed bride — that could have devolved into nothing but whining and bewilderment.

Some of the best fun came from actors who surprised me. Fashion model Shalom Harlow, no one’s idea of an experienced comedian, found the funny again and again. Tom Selleck skillfully delivered as a shallow but likeable gay newscaster in this pro-gay movie, even though in real life he was an old-fashioned, conservative Republican making the movie when his party was largely anti-gay.

I have to mention also the movie’s old pros doing characters that fit them like their own skin, including Debbie Reynolds as a warm but tart mom and Bob Newhart as a guy under pressure to say ugly and uncomfortable things no matter how much he doesn’t want to.

So yeah, I liked it.

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