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Kinky Boots

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
6 out of 10
Extras Rating:
6 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: PG-13

Joel Edgerton as Charlie Price
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Lola
Sarah-Jane Potts as Lauren
Nick Frost as Don
Linda Bassett as Mel
Jemima Rooper as Nicola
Robert Pugh as Harold Price
Ewan Hooper as George
Stephen Marcus as Big Mike
Mona Hammond as Pat
Kellie Bright as Jeannie
Joanna Scanlon as Trish
Geoffrey Streatfield as Richard Bailey
Leo Bill as Harry Sampson
Gwenllian Davies as Mrs. Cobb

Special Features:
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Julian Jarrold

The Real Kinky Boots Factory Featurette

Journey of a Brogue Featurette

Audio Commentary with Director Julian Jarrold and Stars Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Sarah-Jane Potts

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.40:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 107 Minutes

The following is from the DVD cover:

"Inspired by a hilarious true story, this refreshing, feel-good comedy comes from the hit-making team that brought you "Calendar Girls"! For generations, the Price family has made very sensible, very conservative shoes for men. But to save the business from imminent bankruptcy, young Charlie Price turns to an unlikely new creative consultant: a sassy cross-dressing cabaret singer whose outrageous style and wild designs are a breath of fresh air in the stuffy old factory! Fun and original, it's a must-have movie that proves the best way to fit in is to stand out!"

"Kinky Boots" is rated PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, and for language.

Looking at the title alone, you have to wonder what this movie about. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a nice, charming comedy with a simple but intriguing premise. The story is your basic culture clash tale of a traditional men's shoe factory switched over to manufacturing footwear for transvestites and drag queens. That alone sets up a lot of comedy potential.

The cast of "Kinky Boots" is fantastic. I've seen Chiwetel Ejiofor in a few films now and I'm starting to believe that he can play anything. He was an African doctor in "Dirty Pretty Things," a villain in "Serenity," and now a drag queen in "Kinky Boots." As Lola he's more than just the focus of a lot of transvestite jokes. He adds a lot of depth and humor to the character while even performing elaborate musical numbers. Joel Edgerton (young Uncle Owen from "Star Wars") is also excellent as Charlie Price, the quiet and reserved show factory owner that forms the unlikely partnership with Lola. Fans of "Shaun of the Dead" will also be pleased to see Nick Frost as Don, the antagonist within the factory. While he doesn't have a lot of screentime, he makes the most of what he does have.

As much fun as "Kinky Boots" is, it does have a couple of pitfalls. First of all, it's quite predictable. You can guess how it will end just by reading the DVD cover. There are no real surprises here. The film also spends too much time on Lola's musical numbers. They dominate much of the picture. Other than this, though, "Kinky Boots" is an excellent effort.

If you're a fan of any of these actors or if you liked quaint British comedies like "Calendar Girls," "The Full Monty," or others like them, then you'll enjoy "Kinky Boots."

The DVD offers your standard bonus features. There's a commentary that includes the three main cast members and the director. It's good to see the cast take part in the commentary rather than your usual offering of producers, writers, and crew. There's also a 'making of' featurette that discusses the real factory the movie was based on, the costumes, the locations, and performances. There are also four deleted scenes, one of which shows Lola confronting his/her father. Finally, "Journey of a Brogue" shows a number of scenes of a shoe being made.

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