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Brevitas

By Lynn Y. Lee

This tale of a small-town high school teacher (Kevin Kline) whose life turns upside down when he's declared gay by a former student-turned-movie star (Matt Dillon) marks Hollywood's own comingout party. No wonder then that it's a bland comedy that ends up reinforcing, not puncturing, gay stereotypes, and squanders a fine comic cast. Kline manages to rise above the plodding humor, especially in his show-stopping dance scenes, and Selleck is terrific as the sleazy, faintly Mephistophelean tabloid reporter who dogs his footsteps.

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