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To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)



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Noxeema Jackson, Vida Boheme, and Chi Chi Rodriguez are gonna show America a thing or two about being fabulous. Dressed to kill, with their Dynel tresses tossing in the breeze behind them, these three stars of New York's drag-queen beauty pageant circuit have hit the open road in a 1967 Cadillac convertible. Destination: Hollywood. But the trio is in for a detour when the car breaks down in the tiny midwestern town of Snydersville, where drag queens are about as common as August snowstorms. Up to now Snydersville has been a lot more like a graveyard than a town. That's all about to change. The local citizenry is going to get an infusion of flash and glamour the likes of which it's never seen. During the course of one incredible weekend, eyes will be opened, broken hearts healed, and hair teased within an inch of its life.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Douglas Carter Beane, Douglas Carter Beane
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 7, 2003
Universal Pictures


Wesley Snipes
as Noxema Jackson
Patrick Swayze
as Vida Boheme
John Leguizamo
as Chi Chi Rodriguez
Blythe Danner
as Beatrice
Jason London
as Bobby Ray
Chris Penn
as Sheriff Dollard
Beth Grant
as Loretta
Jamie Harrold
as Billy Budd
Mike Hodge
as Jimmy Joe
as Rachel Tensions
Julie Newmar
as Herself
Jerry Orbach
as Used car dealer
Joel Story
as Little Earnest
Robin Williams
as John Jacob Jinglehei...
Abie Hope Hyatt
as Donna Lee
Shea Degan
as State Trooper
Dean Houser
as State Trooper
Joe Grojean
as State Trooper
Keith Reddin
as Motel Manager
Dayton Callie
as Crazy Elijah
Ron Carley
as Old Man
Tim Keller
as Rude Boy
Alexander Heimberg
as Miss Understood
Joey Arias
as Justine
Allen Hidalgo
as Chita Riviera
Mishell Chandler
as Miss Missy
David Drumgold
as Cappuccino Commotion
Clinton Leupp
as Miss Coco Peru
Lionel Tiburcio
as Laritza Dumont
David Barton
as Boy in Chains
Susanne Bartsch
as NY Pageant Judge
Quentin Crisp
as NY Pageant Judge
Kevin 'Flotilla DeBa...
as NY Pageant Judge
Matthew Kasten
as NY Pageant Judge
Widow Norton
as NY Pageant Judge
Charles Ching
as Coco LaChine
Mike Fulk
as Victoria Weston
Brendan McDanniel
as Candis Cayne
Shelton McDonald
as Princess Diandra
James Palacio
as Fiona James
Steven Polito
as Hedda Lettuce
Philip Stoehr
as Philomena
Martha Flynn
as Vida's Mother
Shari Shell-True
as Dance Teacher
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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (10)

A politically correct comedy about drag queens? This is the American response to the superior Aussie flick Adventures of Priscilla. Macho Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo can't lift it above the routine.

Full Review… | December 31, 2006
Top Critic

Leguizamo's Chi Chi is the only one who looks anything like a drag queen, let alone a woman; yet we are asked to believe that it's Swayze's breathy Vida and Snipes' squealing Noxeema who've got their stocking seams straight.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Kidron's direction stays flat even when the actors are funny. It doesn't help that the screenplay, by Douglas Carter Beane, is so thin that one of its biggest events is the three main characters' having car trouble.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Imagine, "Wong Foo" suggests, a world where people stopped judging one another and simply surrendered to the silliness that's dormant inside us.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Improbable as this all sounds, "Wong Foo" is a great deal of fun and a small step forward in Hollywood's depiction of homosexuals.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's a glam-o-rama party until the trio hits the road. Suddenly, Wong Foo is all cross-dressed with no place to go -- but down.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

Released one year after the Australian drag queen comedy 'Priscilla', Hollywood had taken notice of its popularity and as Hollywood does, it churns out a US version. Now this film isn't a remake of 'Priscilla' but quite clearly a leap on the drag queen bandwagon in hopes to hover up the new found success.

The outcome? need I really tell you?? its obvious isn't it, a poor equivalent naturally. You see the thing is, the Aussie flick was original and had a heart, a soul, there was a good story inside that made you love and care for the characters. The very real sensitive issues weren't rammed in your face, plus the casting was excellent and didn't utilize big name stars (at the time...apart from Stamp).

This glitzy US contender had none of that, the plot is as predictable as the rising sun. Two drag queens (and another that hitches along which they call their apprentice) go off on a road trip across the US to enter into a kind of national Miss Drag Queen contest in CA. Along the way they get stranded in a small male chauvinistic run town where...guess what! they manage to change the towns bigoted ways (the men) and help the women become more independent and free from their male overlords.

Oh and they also assault a bigoted corrupt redneck police office type played perfectly by Chris Penn. He chases them through the film and displays the kind of prejudice you would expect whilst also begging the question, is his character in the closest perhaps?.

So you have every sexist homophobic angle you can think of covered just to try and scrape together an interest with the right audience and get on their side. The whole plot is so contrived and phony, no soul here, just a money spinner. A typical Hollywood production that forces the ideas of female oppression in a male-dominated society and homophobia down your throat, so heavy and obvious its hokey.

I think the main hook was just the fact that three big tough butch male stars (well two) are the drag queens. Normally in serious films or violent action films, Swayze and Snipes are the draw. Swayze actually does look quite elegant and beautiful as a wealthy looking middle aged female in 50's (I think) attire. Snipes doesn't fair quite so well frankly but Leguizamo as the third queen is again surprisingly cute looking, but bordering on slutty n easy which is his Latino character not my desires.

So really the only thing here was the shock value of seeing two hard action heroes and a serious character actor play screaming queens, that's why they cast them I reckon. Although I must give Swayze his dues, he does play the part of a man struggling with his inner feelings well. The battle against his disapproving parents is briefly played on but overall Swayze definitely musters some tender moments.

Apart from that there really is nothing else here to shout about, good morals maybe, but overdone. Had the Aussie film never existed then this would be looked upon as much more original and fresh instead of an average follow up. The soundtrack isn't in the same class as 'Priscilla', there are too many cheesy cameos, the plot is so artificial/mainstream/forced/laboured with an ending that rips off 'Spartacus' and of course overall, its just not as good as 'Priscilla'.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Beth Grant, Melinda Dillon, Chria Penn, Jason London, Arliss Howard

DIRECTED BY: Beeban Kidron

This is one of those movies that I can watch anytime. It's a bit disturbing seeing these well known actors dressed up as females, and it just can't be me who thinks Wesley Snipes looks crazy scary.
But like I was saying I can watch this movie anytime. I stop and watch it every time it's on t.v. Guilty pleasure kinda film.
The acting isn't all the great neither is the story. But its entertaining none the less. Its has funny moments and tries to tackle a serious issue of spousal abuse. But it just all ends up being a silly movie. Its great fun with a great cast and supporting cast. Give it a watch if you haven't.


Super Reviewer

I was expecting something more but this just fell flat. It was enjoyable enough and fun but not a laugh-out-loud comedy. Patrick Swayze has got to be the worst drag queen ever. John Leguizamo was almost believable.

Megan S

Super Reviewer

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