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Arnold Beckoff (Harvey Fierstein) is looking for love and acceptance, but as a gay man working as a female impersonator in 1970s New York City, neither come easily. After a series of heartaches, Arnold believes he has found the love of his life in Alan (Matthew Broderick), and the couple make plans to adopt. But when tragedy strikes, Arnold's life is shaken to its very core, leading to a confrontation with his overbearing mother (Anne Bancroft), who has never approved of her son's lifestyle.

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  • Sep 18, 2015
    A New York drag queen's relationships are disrupted by prejudice, violence, and AIDS. A tour de force performance from Harvey Fierstein propels this remarkably written and acted film. Fierstein's talents as an actor are only matched by his intelligent, insightful, and inspiring screenplay. The conflicts must have felt so fresh and timely in 1988, but it's a compliment to Fierstein's writing that they feel just as important now. Anne Bancroft's performance as Fierstein's character's mother is also very strong. She's not a horrible mother, just a flawed, human, 1980s mother, and her final scene with Fierstein is an acting master class. Overall, Fierstein is a great talent, and it's a shame there isn't more of him to see.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2015
    A drag queen must deal with his fiery mother, tragic relationships and his adopted son. It's got some nice acting and a well written script but I was not sure if the casting was correct. Fierstein has a crazily husky voice though.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2011
    Everyone deserves to be loved, right? Even if they're gay? Even from they're mother? This work examines just those questions, the humanity, say, beyond the stereotype and more, the humanity within the stereotype.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2010
    A solid and well-written gay dramedy. Anne Bancroft s wonderful.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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