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The Iron Ladies (2001)

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Critic Consensus: The sports movie Iron Ladies is as predictable and sentimental as many of its American counterparts.

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If The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert were put in a blender with Hoosiers, it would probably bear a striking resemblance to Satree-Lex (The Iron Ladies), an exuberant comedy about the journey of a volleyball team composed largely of transsexuals, drag queens, and effeminate gay men to the 1996 Thai male championships. Positioned at the team's spiritual core are best friends Mon and Jun, the former of whom is a jaded transvestite, and the latter is a flamboyant drag queen with uncharacteristically supportive parents. When the provincial governor hires a butch female coach to amass a "dream team" for the national volleyball competitions, Mon and Jun are chosen for the lineup. Their selection outrages their testosterone-addled teammates, who, with the exception of one player, quit in protest. Desperate, the coach asks Mon to recruit new teammates, and in short order he summons a transsexual stage performer, a muscular army sergeant cum makeup artist, a closeted gay boy, and transvestite triplets April, May, and June. Conflict ensues, lessons are learned, team spirit is strengthened, and eyebrows are plucked. The second highest-grossing film in Thailand to date, Satree-Lex earned raves when it was shown at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival.
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NR
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Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Critic Reviews for The Iron Ladies

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (15)

Hilarious true story of Thailand's champion volleyball team that was composed of flaming drag queens

Full Review… | June 28, 2014
indieWIRE
Top Critic

Fails to dig below the surface novelty of its subject.

Full Review… | January 20, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Broad, sentimental but ultimately irresistible.

January 17, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

If you can tolerate its predictability, you may fall for Iron Ladies' lighthearted spirit and affectionate humor.

Full Review… | December 7, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Not since Cool Runnings, the film about the Olympic bobsled team from Jamaica, have we had a sports movie so offbeat and upbeat as The Iron Ladies.

December 7, 2001
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Fun if formulaic.

November 29, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for The Iron Ladies

Amazing and outrageous funny true story of Thai volleyball team composed mostly of transsexuals, transvestites and some rather effeminate gay guys to the national championships in 1996. That also happened in an extraordinary true story of a Thai boxer - Beautiful Boxer.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

There is not one original bone in this movie's body. It is highly given to cliche, the drama drips with unapologetic melodrama, and the characters come close to being one dimensional. With that being said, it is rollicking good fun. The acting sells the one dimensional characters, the cliches and melodrama make the movie good fun where it could have easily fallen victim to being too serious, and the script is lovable. The characters are quirky and lovable, the movie fun and frivolous. I love every moment of it.

Giffy Giffoniello
Giffy Giffoniello

Pretty funny, with some great quirky characters.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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