It's not about sex -- it's about Barbra and Bette and the Village People: That's the lesson of this cheerful, mainstream comedy about tabloid TV, Hollywood sophistry and family values that finally gets discussion about gay people out of the bedroom
and into the record store, where it belongs. Popular small-town English teacher Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline) is outed on TV by vacuous former pupil Cameron Drake (Matt Dillon), who's just received an Oscar for playing a highly decorated gay soldier run out of the military for having a tape of
BEACHES in his locker. No one is more surprised than Howard himself, unless it's his former fat-girl fiancee Emily (Joan Cusack),...