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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 motivations that drive each pageantee.
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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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A diverting and uplifting experience.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Pageant

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

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Mildly interesting look behind the scenes at the Miss Gay America pageant. It's kind of a companion piece to RuPaul's Drag Race showing the extremely serious side to female impersonation. There are a couple of familiar faces. Alyssa Edwards shows up (but it isn't THAT year) and Porkchop is also on hand. The documentary follows a few of the contestants as they prepare for the pageant. It's all quite interesting, but there is none of the shade of Drag Race or intrigue of say Paris is Burning. Not a bad film, but doesn't quite pop.

Graham Beilby
Graham Beilby

Interesting doc

jay nixon
jay nixon

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