Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Critic Consensus: Hedwig and the Angry Inch may very well be the next Rocky Horror midnight movie. It not only knows how to rock, but Hedwig's story has an emotional poignancy.
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as Tommy Gnosis
as Phyllis Stein
as Hansel (age 6)
as Hansel's Mom
as Hansel's Dad
as Tommy's Publicist
as Goth Menses Boy
as Sgt. Luther Robinson
as Fat Man
as Trailer Park Neighbor
as Tranny Hooker
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Critic Reviews for Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Those expecting a rockin' good time are likely to be left cold by this screen translation, which despite some imaginative packaging too often proves a drag in more than the sartorial sense.
Despite the creator/actor/director's energetic efforts, the material never feels comfortable in its new form.
It is fairly short and fairly enjoyable.
Flamboyant, irreverent, naughty and oddly, profoundly moving.
What in any other hands than Mitchell's might have been a sexual sight gag becomes a symbol of personal freedom and expression.
The film's not only funny and weird, it's oddly poignant.
Audience Reviews for Hedwig and the Angry Inch
After a botched sex change operation, glam/punk singer Hedwig tours seafood buffets across the USA on the tail of an ex-lover arena rock megastar who stole her hit songs. Fantastic music, hilarious one-liners and a lovable outsider protagonist make this the best gender bending punk musical cult comedy of all time. Homophobes beware, all others rejoice.
I have put off seeing this film for years because on paper...there is NOTHING that is appealing to me (aside from the fact that Andrea Martin has a role in it). Well I am here to tell you that I was more then pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed it. Don't let the off putting images of John Cameron Mitchell painted up as Hedwig influence your opinion like it did mine. The character is actually quite endearing once you get to know him/her and on ocassion (usually as Hansel) kind of pretty in a non-traditional sort of way. While some of the Hansel/Hedwig flash-back stories are clever and creative and there are some real flashes of briliant writing in a few of his/her monologues...the main storyline is sort of vague and poorly thought out. Which is disapointing because with a better narrative storyline this could have been a pretty amazing piece of work. I won't lie to you, the real stars of this show are the songs. Music and lyrics are really impressive and the animated "montages" are delightful. And coming from a person who LOVES music but (mostly) dislikes "musicals"...that is high praise. It really is worth a watch. From a creative standpoint if nothing else.
A drag queen rock star escapes from East Berlin and pursues his ex-boyfriend who stole his songs. I found this film both bizarre and heartfelt. The subject matter lends itself to extremes in both filmmaking and performance, and writer/director/star John Cameron Mitchell commits so fully to these extremes that the film is often so hypnotic that one gets lost in the ride. By the same token, he doesn't deviate from a very human story about the search for love in the face of rejection and alienation. I did think, however, that some of the songs detracted from, rather than added to, the film's central story, with the main love song being the exception. Overall, if you have a choice of transvestite rock and roll films, and you're choosing between Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Breakfast on Pluto, choose Hedwig.
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