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Wigstock: The Movie (1995)



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The three-decade-old annual Manhattan gathering of drag queens and their fans is portrayed in this colorful documentary. The film concentrates on the spectacle of the event, providing abundant examples of the elaborate costumes, flamboyant wigs, and campy musical performances that characterize the event.
R (for sex-related material and language)
Documentary , Special Interest , Gay & Lesbian
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The Samuel Goldwyn Company

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Critic Reviews for Wigstock: The Movie

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

Wigstock, the event and the movie, is good-natured, campy fun.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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An outrageously entertaining, purely-for-pleasure dragathon...

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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Part concert film, part documentary and totally fun, Barry Shils' 1995 release captures the good cheer, outrageous humor and high energy of downtown Manhattan's annual Labor Day "drag" extravaganza.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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An affectionate, rousing tribute to the annual drag-queen festival in New York City.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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While this documentary could have been simply excessive and superficial, a sweet complexity and some darkness arrive toward the end.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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This color spectacle is more of a celebration of the annual drag show than a probing documentary

Full Review… | July 25, 2011

Audience Reviews for Wigstock: The Movie


Interesting & funny at times, but it mostly "Drags", I do love unique people & their right to be just that

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

[from The Watermark 06/10/95] Wigstock: the movie is a fun frolic documenting the 1994 Wigstock drag festival held every Labor Day in downtown Manhattan. The film records the event - one that wouldn't normally get much mainstream attention - and lets all the world see the rollicking, campy, (not to mention safe) fun of throwing on a wig and heels in public. Its strongest moments are when the performers are being serious in interviews, as well as when we are shown the performances intercut with dress rehearsals in which we see the artistry without the facade. Drag Diva Mistress Formika discusses the influence the media has on the American perceptions of gender in an early segment of the film; interestingly, the rest of the movie never delves this deep, and manages to shed little light on what is at the emotional or cultural core of female impersonation. Instead, the film is filled with clips showing the drag queens being bitchy to each other and walking down the street past dumbfounded on-lookers. These moments are big crowd-pleasers, but after the first hour of lip-synching and montages of booger-dragged spectators, Wigstock: the movie gets tired. Celebrity appearances by Ru-Paul and Deee-Lite thankfully make the film more interesting, but all-in-all, the celebratory qualities of the film are what carries it, though at times it seems like too much of a good thing.

David Almeida
David Almeida

the most fun!! lord knows it's hard being a girl, and these girls kick major ass at all times doing it... inspirational and lovely!!

Brittany Rudd
Brittany Rudd

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