Kinky Boots

Rated PG-13 106 minutes 2006

If you're a regular moviegoer with a gift for remembering unusual names, chances are you've started paying attention to Chiwetel Ejiofor, the black English actor with a chameleon's talent for disappearing into a role. Here, he plays Lola, a flamboyant drag queen who gets to sing show tunes, issue snappy putdowns, and look fabulous. Lola serves as an unlikely muse for the film's considerably more boring main character, Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton), heir to a shoe factory that's in more trouble than his late father let on. Inspired by his meeting Lola, Charlie decides to make a line of shoes for men who dress as women. It's the familiar Full Monty formula: Working-class Britain + quirkiness + mildly risque comic element = box office. Problem is, The Full Monty worked because it wasn't formulaic at the time. Kinky Boots, on the other hand, is merely going through the motions.

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Official Site: kinkyboots-movie.com

Director: Julian Jarrold

Writer: Geoff Deane and Tim Firth

Producer: Nick Barton and Suzanne Mackie

Cast: Linda Bassett, Josh Cole, Gwenllian Davies, Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nick Frost, Joe Grossi, Ewan Hooper, Sarah-Jane Potts and Robert Pugh

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