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Overall Rating
3.25

Awesome: 16.98%
Worth A Look: 13.21%
Average50.94%
Pretty Bad: 15.09%
Total Crap: 3.77%

5 reviews, 23 user ratings


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Kinky Boots
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by Peter Sobczynski

"These Boots Are Made For Walking--Into Another Theater"
2 stars

For those of you out there who thought that “Mrs. Henderson Presents” was just too darned edgy and ribald, “Kinky Boots” should prove to be most entertaining. For the rest of us, this British import will come across as little more than a cynical attempt to cross-pollinate “The Full Monty” and “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” into a heart-warming crowd-pleaser that may one day inspire a moderately successful stage musical.

Joel Edgerton stars as Charlie, an upwardly mobile young man who inherits the failing shoe factory that has been in his father’s family for generations and struggles to keep it running against overwhelming odds. After an encounter with bold drag queen Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Charlie hits upon the idea of scrapping the standard lines of shoes in order to specialize in outrageous footwear designed for the drag queen market (complete with steel-reinforced stiletto heels). Of course, the salt-of-the-earth factory folk are shocked by both their new output and the presence of Lola and Charlie’s evil fiancee (Jemima Rooper) wants him to sell off the factory for good–I will leave you to guess whether or not the workers overcome their prejudices in time and whether or not Charlie is able to save the factory, dump the nasty fiancee and catch the eye of the sweet, supportive office girl (Sarah-Jane Potts).

As predictable as it sounds, “Kinky Boots” seems to think that it is somehow being daring and edgy just by having a drag queen as one of the main characters. In reality, the film is more on the level of an especially uninspired sitcom and I for one didn’t believe for a second that the straight-laced characters would be so stunned by the very notion of a man dressing in drag in the post-“Crying Game” era. Since it is pretty much a fait accompli how the film is going to end (you don’t really think the final scenes are going to show Charlie marrying the shrew while his former workers are forced out on the streets, do you?), the film starts throwing all sorts of artificial complications into the mix–Charlie is suddenly embarrassed and appalled by Lola’s public behavior–for no other reason than to set up the heartwarming climax where Lola appears at the last second to save the day at the big fashion show.

As much as I hate to say it, “Kinky Boots,” despite its intriguing title, is pretty much a total drag.

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originally posted: 04/21/06 17:46:00
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User Comments

2/09/10 brian Dressing it up in drag doesn't stop it from being a walking cliche. 2 stars
3/04/08 Babyrazor luv'd it Milan runway scene is great 1 stars
5/25/07 sam I nominate for best monologue concerning 'red' 4 stars
4/29/07 Melvyn fantastic I really enjoyed it , made me feel good 4 stars
10/15/06 William Goss Formulaic in every fiber of every frame. 3 stars
10/15/06 Hans Etter Whats wrong with boosting people to belive in them self and a cause?Nothing!,great movie! 5 stars
9/29/06 Julie Loved it - sweet movie - great performances. 4 stars
9/28/06 Karin Belanger Dynamite drag show numbers from Eljiofor! Great fun. 4 stars
9/21/06 Ellis Toussier I loved it. I can boogie, boogie woogie, all night long... 5 stars
9/03/06 paul sams top british comedy and a true story real feel good factor unmissable 5 stars
5/31/06 Helly Excellent escapism comedy 4 stars
5/06/06 Heather Runyan this one sucked 3 stars
4/30/06 Teddy boring formulaic 2 stars
4/29/06 Meryl Zohrab Loved every moment 5 stars
4/24/06 Mase Like a sugary vanilla meringue, every drag queen needs a movie to take his grandma too. 4 stars
4/14/06 alan great feel good movie 5 stars
4/07/06 MartinShindler Excellent 1 stars
3/17/06 Rebecca It was OK-- sadly one of the best narratives I've seen at SXSW 4 stars
3/13/06 Roderick Cromar Typical triumph-against-adversity film with added doses of gritty Britishness. 3 stars
1/26/06 virgo12 Loved it 5 stars
10/07/05 Emma HIckox FAB! 5 stars
10/06/05 Josephine Higgins It's fabulous 5 stars
10/06/05 David Grice The film of the year.A must see. 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  14-Apr-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 05-Sep-2006

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Australia
  02-Mar-2006



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