Straight Jacket
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An actor trying to keep the truth about his love life under wraps discovers feelings he doesn't want to hide in this frothy comedy. It's the mid-'50s, and Guy Stone (Matt Letscher) is a very successful movie star. Tall, good-looking, and boyishly charming, Stone has a reputation as a ladies' man with a very active love life. However, the truth is a bit different: while Stone is indeed enjoying more romantic misadventures than he can keep track of, he happens to prefer the company of men. When a scandal sheet gets wind of his sexual proclivities, Stone's manager (Veronica… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a shame, then, that Straight-Jacket turns dour and melodramatic ... The light-hearted fun seeps out of the movie, replaced by trite interludes of coming-out angst, McCarthy-era persecution and even gay-bashing."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A fey and frisky farce with a fabulous fashion sense."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"On film, things play as flatly as any failed soufflé."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"As satire, it is often deliciously barbed and catty, the jokes flying fast and furious ... but when it tries to make its points seriously, it immediately loses me."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Movies can never again be so corny, campy and PC clumsy as some of the howlers of the 1950s and '60s. But Straight-Jacket has a spiffy and gay (both senses) time joining the party."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"It has verve, color and energy, but there's something fundamentally bogus about it, and whenever it takes a turn into seriousness, entire moments fall apart."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Wastes its promising premise with a wavering tone that veers uneasily between camp humor and, pardon the expression, straightness."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Until it tries to mean something, Straight-Jacket is an enjoyably manic little farce whose wit far exceeds its production budget."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Some of it is smart, much clever, most funny and all entertaining."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Though its heart is in the right place, everything gets tangled up in the film's lunacy."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Day's pyrotechnic dialogue and instinctive comic timing make Straight-Jacket a delight."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"This featherweight spoof of closeted, Red-baiting Hollywood in the mid-1950's is played as such an exaggerated cartoon that its political outrage is dissipated by its stridency."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"At its best when it's sending up '50s-era Hollywood and it's at its worst when trying to make a serious point."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The perkiness with a capital P, gorgeous set and great color can't completely salvage an occasionally strong cast and middling story (and don't forget a lousy, if literal, title)."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"This clever confection adopts the genre conventions of the era's madcap romantic comedies and, later, melodramas for its tale about barely closeted movie star Guy Stone."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
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