To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Drama


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Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.


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1 July 2006 | jreedha
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| Much more than a "light comedy"
This movie is much more than a showcase for middle-aged actors to strut their female stuff. It's all about how men, even homosexual men, perceive women, as opposed to the reality of women and their lives.

It's a trenchant though gentle and very funny lesson in gender politics. These actors are brilliant in their portrayal of all of the superficial attributes of women. Every time I see the movie, I'm amazed at their performances - and at the insight and depth of the text.

This movie suggests the impossibility of separating the external gloss of femininity from its source - women themselves. And that women are not the sum of their feminine mannerisms, but whole people who are still too often subgugated by men.

The drag queens are so much more "female" than any genuine woman they meet. But because they are actually men, they enjoy the power of their masculine gender to construct and control their lives that is unobtainable for the women.

The 'girls' end up defending the real women in the movie in a way that is more 'gallant' than any Knight in Shining Armor. Their homosexuality fosters a compassion and understanding of the lot of women in a way that the 'manly' men in the movie cannot grasp. And perhaps the 'girls' end up with a more complete notion of femininity as well. I treasure this movie because I am so grateful for its message.

This flip, light little movie really deserves close examination. Magnificent performances and real heart. Thanks from me too, Julie Newmar!

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Details

Release Date:

8 September 1995

Language

English, French, Italian


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

7764 Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,019,180 10 September 1995

Gross USA:

$36,474,193

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,774,193

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