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Pageant (2008)

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This documentary by Stewart Halpern takes a look at the Miss Gay America pageant in which 52 men strive to create the most seamless and convincing illusion of feminine beauty. With all hormone and surgical enhancements banned from the competition, contestants rely entirely on tricks of makeup and wardrobe, graded on their ingenuity as well as beauty. Following the individual experiences of five top contenders, the film examines the work that goes into striving for the title, as well as the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ron Davis , Stewart Halpern
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 20, 2009
Runtime:
Wolfe Video - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Pageant

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

Pageant sorely misses the socioeconomic context of Paris Is Burning, which took seven years to complete. When one of the film's subjects indeed becomes Miss Gay America 2009, Davis and Halpern-Fingerhut's camera has long since stopped rolling.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Village Voice
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This classicism is not without its charm, and it's touching, in a goofy sort of way, to see how seriously everyone takes it.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 19, 2008
New York Post
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A diverting and uplifting experience.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
NYC Movie Guru

Audience Reviews for Pageant

Illuminating -- not just the kitsch one might expect. A worthwhile exploration of the people who compete in drag beauty contests.

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cchclaw
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Interesting doc

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jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

Pretty interesting and a very casual documentary.

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SunilJawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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