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To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar 1995

Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town...

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I just watched this again...seen it so many times...I love this movie..Oh Patrick..bless his heart..may he rest in peace. This is one of my favorites...They all did great acting in this movie..
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995) Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Arliss Howard, Jason London, Chris Penn, D: Beeban Kidron. Tiresome, embarrassing misfire about three drag queens on the road to Hollywood who get stranded in a small sleepy Nebraska town and make an impression on the townspeople. The three macho actors seem to be having fun, maybe too much fun, but it's rather hard to evaluate their performances in drag. Running Time: 108 minutes and rated PG-13 for language and mature themes. **
This is one of my favorite movies! I have watched this movie since I was like 10 years old! Perfect pick of actors, and great comedy
Partick Swayze in drag? Yes please...
Okay, I must have been mad to watch it, but it's not that bad a film. it has it's funny moments, but not a favorite for me. Maybe it'll be better watched drunk:down:
I found the film very entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo do an amazing job in drag. The story is familar, but the drag queen twist makes it more interesting. Good supporting cast.
Here's another film rating.
To Wong Foo, Thanks for
Everything! (1995)

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Arliss Howard, Beth Grant, Jason London, and Chris Penn.
Directed by Beeban Kidron.
Written by Douglas Carter Beane.
Rated PG-13 (for subject matter involving men living in drag, a brief scene of spousal abuse and some language).
Running time approximately 1 hour 49 minutes.

Farrellys produce bad writers' and director's DOA gross-out flop.

Goodness am I glad the Farrellys only produced. If they'd been the ones responsible fot writing and directing this rubbish, I would've written them off completely (in which case I would've missed out on the sweet romantic comedy Fever Pitch). Say It Isn't So is a dreadful, nasty little film masquearding as a typical gross-out comedy. I didnt laugh'. So much for the comedy. I guess it was just going for gross. * (out of ****) D
lol... i didn't even see this movie but i heard it was good! so watch it! i LOVE patrick swayze!
The main reason I liked this movie is because of the trios' performance. I think they did an excellent job. Patrick Swayze did an amazing job. Wesley Snipes made me laugh my heart out, and John Leguizamo had a dark undertone to his performance that reflects the hopes and dreams of many Latinas living in poverty. I admire the intentions of this movie. It wants to bring a message without offending or turn off the audience it intends to deliver it to. It is a fun bubble gum of a movie. Watch it and enjoy it.
I am proud to say that i enjoyed every moment of this movie. Chichi deserved to be the queen of drag queens. If you want some good laughs, check it out!
I loved this Film nuff said.
(from The Watermark 09/02/95)

TO MR. SPIELBERG, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING: Hollywood never ceases to throw curve balls. After all the negative gay role models so often thrown on the silver screen, along comes a big-budget mainstream film produced by Steven Spielberg, featuring bankable celebrities all centering around drag queens - To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar. I simply must ask: has Hollywood finally woken up or are we being set up? Is the gay community finally becoming acceptable subject matter to the entertainment industry - or is this a false sense of hope? A film like this could be a jewel in our crown, or another stain on our movement. Well, I am happy to report that Wong Foo is highly enjoyable film. It is self-proclaimed fluff - light entertainment with a message, and even though it doesn't portray a completely accurate picture of the gay or drag communities, it is a positive picture nonetheless. "Middle" America has never seen anything like this before, and the film deserves applause for being made at all, and making it such a fun journey in the process.
The story is about two New York drag queens (Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes) who take a young ingenue (John Leguizamo) under wing to nurture into a full-fledged title-winning female impersonator. They purchase a broken down convertible and head for Hollywood, where a big national drag competition awaits them. Along the way, they break down and end up stranded in a tiny hicktown in Nebraska. While waiting for their car to be fixed, they ingratiate themselves to the locals (who think they're women) and manage to connect with everybody and heal all the ills to be found about town. In essence, the story is a fairy tale with real fairies.
The screenplay is an interesting dichotomy: it is very careful to keep its audience comfortable by using very standardized structure and plot devices; yet its dialogue is chock full of bitchy, campy, hilarious one-liners that the "girls" flip off like they were shooting tiddly winks. It all adds up to a gay old romp with just the right touch of Hollywood syrup to make it enjoyable for melodramatic queens and accessible to John Q. Public. And most of this is accomplished with semi-clean language within the constraints of a PG-13 rating.
The most difficult obstacle the film faces is having us believe that these three men could actually pass for real women. The film smartly keeps them in drag for the entire story (including the cross-country car-ride and getting ready for bed), which - odd though it may seem - actually succeeds by not showing them as men. What also helps is the general fantastical edge given to the film by director Beeban Kidron. The entire atmosphere is definitely a heightened reality - very much like drag itself - in which an audience should be a be able to easily suspend their disbelief.
Of the three, Leguizamo is the most convincing in drag as the ditzy young Chi Chi. He does well with both the comic and dramatic sides of his character. The too-butch-for-their-own-good Snipes and Swayze come off better than you might expect. Swayze is wonderfully composed and regal as Vida, the emotional core of the film. A self-made tragic heroine, she drips of the martyrous frailty of Loretta Young while maintaining the spunk and maternal drive of Donna Reed. It is a very sweet performance, and in spite of a completely unnecessary lisp, Swayze's work in this film could be considered some of his best. Snipes is the biggest surprise of them all - he is an absolute delight as Noxeema. He has the drag queen voice and stance down pat, and is just the right spice to contrast Vida's sugar. Together, the two have very good chemistry and excellent comic timing. In her supporting role as a battered spouse, Stockard Channing is wonderfully understated, and skillfully connects the heavier moments of the film to the lighter ones.
The big question I'm sure everyone is wondering is how does To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar compare to its Australian cousin, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert? Well, I personally like Wong Foo a little bit better. Putting their ridiculously long titles aside, Priscilla does have a better (OK, faggier) soundtrack, but Wong Foo is no slouch - it uses the theme to Wonder Woman and "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." Whereas Priscilla's costumes were outrageous and funny, Wong Foo's are more subdued and understated, but also achieve great comic effect of their own. The general feeling in Wong Foo is that of a magical journey while Priscilla at times seems like a drunken bus trip. In general, I found Wong Foo to be more cohesive, and all of its parts were working to contribute to a definite "whole" - its message of acceptance. Priscilla was a string of somewhat disjointed adventures that never emotionally added up for me.
All in all, the filmmakers set out to make a piece of light entertainment and succeeded. And using the tools of a heterosexually-based medium, they've created a work that's quite universal: straight moviegoers will be comforted by the simple story while the gay audiences will be more entertained by the hilarious dialogue. Whether it actually bridges any of the "gap" remains to be seen, but it sure is a lot of fun to watch them try. QUEER QUOTIENT: Not a heck of a lot for the gay gals out there. But they had Boys on the Side last winter. Unfortunately, none of these men get anywhere close to finding his Mr. Right. Someday gay men will get to have sex on the screen - and it won't be in porno theaters.
I'm usually not into drag queen movies, but I love this one! About three queens who set out on a road trip, but end up breaking down in a small hick town. While there, they take members of the community under their wing, attempting to teach them tolerance and love on many levels, all while dealing with many of the towns problems, including spousal abuse. Loved the choice of actors, who did an amazing job.
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