The Iron Ladies


The Iron Ladies

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



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Average Rating: 3.6/5

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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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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

Jun 28, 2014 | Full Review…

Fails to dig below the surface novelty of its subject.

Jan 20, 2003 | Full Review…

Broad, sentimental but ultimately irresistible.

Jan 17, 2002

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

Dec 7, 2001

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.

Dec 7, 2001 | Rating: 3/4
Boston Globe
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Fun if formulaic.

Nov 29, 2001

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

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Pretty funny, with some great quirky characters.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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