Outside In

Synopsis: An ex-con struggling to readjust to life in his small town forms an intense bond with his former high school teacher.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Lynn Shelton
Production: The Orchard
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min


Hey, you know what?

Do you mind putting this on?


It's not that bad.

It's not. It's like...

It's like a handful of people.

Mm-mm. Mm-mm.


Chris, I think you're just gonna have

to suck it up and receive the love.


I'll shut it down

after an hour, okay?

An hour?

Dude, people have been waiting

20 years for this.

You don't think I know that?

- I'm aware of that.

- I know.

I know.

All right.


Hey, guys.

Oh, my God.

What're you guys doin' here?

I just went to get burgers.

What's the big deal?

- How you doing?

- Hey. Good to see you.

- Doing good?

- Great.

- This is my wife, Carol.

- Nice to meet you.

These are my boys,

Jimmy and Eric.

- Oh, honey.

- Oh, my God.

- Oh, God.

- Welcome home.

You know, your mom really

wanted to be here,

but you know, she's afraid

to fly and everything

and Cliff could never make

the drive up from Phoenix.

What do you think

about a speech?

What do you think

about a speech, huh?

Right, speech.

Let's do it.

Can I get a 7-Up

or something?

Nobody drinks 7-Up anymore.

What about a beer?

God, excuse me.

You don't have to

apologize anymore.

You are a free man in America.

Look at this.

His first beer in 20 years.

And that rhymed.

And that rhymed.

If you want to keep clapping

for that.

All right. Here we go.

This is weird.


It's very strange and I feel

like I'm dreaming or something.

I don't even recognize

half of you people.

Um, I do wanna say thanks

for being here

and for not

forgetting about me.

And then also...

you know, for the people

who helped get me out.

I don't really know

what I can say...

I will say that I would like

to take a piss

in a private bathroom,

for the first time

in a really long time.

So can I do that now?

- Yes, you can.

- All right.

Chris is gonna take a piss in private

for the first time in 20 years.


Oh, hey, everybody.

Chris' high school teacher,

Mrs. Beasley, is here.

You know, if it wasn't for you,

Chris would still be in jail.

Pooping in public,

Mrs. Beasley.

You saved him from pooping

in public.

What they did to him...

it wasn't right.

That wasn't justice.

He didn't deserve that.

And he didn't deserve the 20

years he's already served.

We don't know how

you did it,

but we can never ever

thank you enough.

- Thank you.

- Thank you.

Yeah. Well, it was

a long time ago.

The house isn't

even there anymore.

Yeah. Where are you guys?

- Hi...

- Hi.


Hey. Hi...

- Hi, Chris.

- Hey.

We used to live next door

to you up on Hill Crest.

Right. Hi, Mr. Phil.

Thanks for coming.


Thanks for being here.

Oh, of course.

I'm sorry Tom couldn't make it,

but I wanted you to meet Hildy,

and then, she disappeared.

I don't know. But I'll make sure

she says hi before we leave.

You know, everyone

here is just so happy for you.

How does it feel

to be free?

- Great.

- Well, now you get out there.

Pursue those dreams.

You think you might

try college?

I don't know.

Um, maybe.

I don't know whether it's

possible right now,

but just, you know,

glad to be... here.

What do you think

you'll study?

Um... Maybe criminal justice

or something. I don't know.

That's great. Yeah.

You still have plenty of

good years in front of you.


You can do anything

you put your mind to.


Excuse me one second.

Just a minute.

Please, let me in.


I'm sorry.


Are you Hildy?


I'm Chris.

I'm so sorry about this.


It smells like

cotton candy and acid.

- Dude, close the door.

- You close the door.

Dude, I'm f***ing sick, man.

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Lynn Shelton

Lynn Shelton (born 1965) is an American director known for writing, directing, and producing such films as Humpday and Your Sister's Sister. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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