To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
Posted Thursday, June 30, 2005, 06:38 PM
I heard about this movie when it came out, but did not see it. To date myself, I think that was back when I was still in high school. But growing up in a conservative Christian home, this was not one of the films the family gathered around the TV to watch after dinner. The story is about two drag queens (Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes) in New York that win a pageant, and get sent to Hollywood to participate in a national competition. They pick up an aspiring drag queen (John Leguizamo) as their protégé. Along the way they break down in a small town in the middle of nowhere.
When my Fiancé told me I need to see this movie, I was skeptical. But, as I am learning, she does have really good taste in movies. So we watched it, and I loved it. It’s not a movie about being a drag queen, or even a movie that laughs at three gay men that dress as women. There are some very serious issues that are dealt with about society in general, and a very good statement made about being yourself no matter how hard people try to get you to be something else. The town is forever changed with the three queens teach each person to respect themselves, and to believe in them selves. A once dead and quite town becomes vibrant and lively as it’s people start to do things in new and exciting ways, breaking with the traditions that have held them captive to a very boring existence.
I have not laughed this hard in a while. Thank God my Fiancé watches movies that are weird and out of left field. Anyone who has a since of humor, and does not mind being freaked out by how much like a woman Patrick Swayze actually looks, will probably like this movie.
Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar