The Birdcage (1997) US

Cinema Queer by Marcelino Rosas

A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée’s right-wing moralistic parents.

Why do I like it? Why do I recommend it?

This is a hilarious movie that in my opinion beats out the original “La Cage au Folles.” The amount of fun characters who are all well fleshed out and different is a joy to watch. A true classic that is not to be missed.

To me, the comedy is spot on. The jokes can go from crude, to sneaky, and to extremely smart. Give this gem a chance! It’s one of my all time favorites and I’d confidently recommend this one to everyone.

Brilliant performances by Nathan Lane and Robin Williams are perfection. They were accompanied by Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria, And Christine Baranski.

Marcelino Rosas
Marcelino Rosas

Marcelino “Marc” Rosas is a novelist, essayist and film reviewer whose writing centers on the intersection of Queer and Latinx identity. Raised in Los Angeles as the eldest son in a Mexican-American family with traditional views of masculinity, his debut novel Afuera (Out) and its follow-up Fuerte (Strong) are celebrated for their passionate and candid portrayal of the challenges confronting a young man coming of age in a machismo-dominated culture as he explores and finally fully embraces his identity as a gay Latino man. A one-time fashion and figure model himself, Marc has always had a strong appreciation for the arts, in particular film. Thus his passion for sharing hidden gems of queer cinema via his film reviews with his ever-growing audience. When not at his writing desk working on his next book, Marc spends his time in the gym or traveling with the love of his life Pieter, his husband of many years.

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