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The Birdcage

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Roger Davidson

Birdcage, The
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An extremely funny movie! This is a remake of a 1978 French comedy, La Cage Aux Folles. The story, like the original, is about a middle-aged, gay couple (wonderful teaming of Robin Williams and Nathan Lane), trying to act straight for the sake of William's son. The son is coming over to visit, bringing with him, his bride-to-be and her ultra-conservative parents (Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest). That's where the real fun begins!

An outstanding comedy that relentlessly throws jokes, both physical and verbal, all over the place. It does have a slow start, but that's just setting us up for the meeting between the two very different families. For those of you who can't stand anymore of Williams wild-and-crazy-guy antics, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that he keeps himself under control through most of the picture. He also does a great job as a verbal, rather than a physical comedian. That's left up to Lane, in an outrageously flamboyant performance, as the more feminine half of the couple. However, the best performance comes from Hank Azaria as the male butler of the couple's household, who is so feminine, he can't even walk in men's shoes without falling down. This should most certainly be put in the top ten list of best comedy films of all time.

My Rating = Four Stars


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