Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Come as you are.
A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancé's right-wing moralistic parents.
Wicked performances by an all star cast however Nathan Lane outshined them all! His over the top flamboyant caricature was a real riot! Add Robin Williams to the mix and they'll have you rolling on the floor laughing! Hank Azaria was insanely funny he made me laugh so hard it hurt!
One of the funniest, wittiest, political satires I have ever seen!
The late Robin Williams stars in this wonderfully frothy comedy with brilliant support from Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Hank Azaria and Dianne Wiest.
The heart-warming tale of a lovely gay couple who must overcome having an asshole straight son. This could have been cringe-inducing but it's a winner.
While it takes a little too long to get going, "The Birdcage" is a smart, well-acted comedy with biting social commentary.
The only thing I really wish for it is that it didn't take itself so seriously at times. Other than that, its a riot of situation comedy with some grand performances. Williams' gurning takes a back seat in a relatively "straight" role, while Lane tears the scenery to shreds in an utterly dedicated, hilarious and heartfelt performance. Hackman fulfills the role with enough bewildered comedy and the couple to be are both capable. If only Wiest were given more to do beyond a few bright moments. Brilliantly scripted and run by its great and diverse characters.
I tend to severely dislike those Hollywood remakes of foreign comedies (and by foreign I mean anything not American). The humour usually falls flat and a lot seems to get lost in translation. This is one of the few examples where it worked rather well.
La Cage aux folles is a delightful comedy and quintessentially French. This remake somehow managed to capture that really well, but still managed to make it a successful transition to American culture. It is essentially still the same story, so all opportunities for strong situational comedy remain, yet it is within the performances this film excels.
Nathan Lane is scrumptiously gorgeous here. His performance is not only unbelievably…
Again with the Robin Williams as of late. This is one I had never seen before, but I was not disappointed. I thought the film was funny and had its heart-warming moments. While a little dated, the movie had incredible funny characters. Gene Hackman makes a fantastic uptight, psuedo-moralistic Senator who cares more about his image than his family. Robin Williams, strangely enough, takes a bit of a backseat in the kooky character department and is outshined by Nathan Lane and Hank Azaria (who is HYSTERICAL in this movie). This movie was original, funny, charming, and ends with a positive, yet funny message about family, acceptance, and love. I like weird characters and outlandish situations, but at times the movie seemed a bit forced or trying to be more than what it was. I was also disappointed Williams, probably first billed star on this movie, isn't really the star, just the main protagonist.
A roast. A perfect tweaking of foibles, done with the utmost care. Immaculately cast from head to toe and Nichols' feather touch direction is exactly what the material called for.
I also read once that Paul Thomas Anderson loves this film so much, that when it comes on, he stops whatever it is he's doing and just sits down and watches it to completion. I find that very reassuring for some reason.
Invalidation of Homosexual Relationships
Psychological Domestic Abuse
I think it was made clear enough times that Albert identifies as a WOMAN. Stop saying that "they're two men".
That being said, Albert is hilarious. People who scream when they're startled are hilarious.
It's basically a story about a transwoman taking more shit from gays and LGBT allies than from the republicans they're all afraid of.
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I miss Robin Williams so fucking much, and although he isn't absolutely hilarious in The Birdcage, it's still a big reminder of that. Nathan Lane is fantastic, Hank Azaria is brilliant and the story is fun.
Likely more outrageous in 1996 than today but Williams gives an excellent performance - probably one of his more understated comedic performances in the 90's. Lane and Hackman are solid. Really surprised at how sweet it is.
TIL: Emmanuel Lubezki worked as the director of photography on this film. (The opening tracking shot proves as much.) Otherwise, a bit slower than I'd remembered, and now that I'm older, I appreciate that the worst character by far is the selfish, dismissive, and ignorant Val. But I do like how this brings out the sweeter and more understated side of Williams. Plus, Gene Hackman in a wig.
What a hilarious movie. Nathan Lane is just perfect, and the rest of the cast is great too.
Thinking about The Birdcage immediately, and unfortunately, makes me think of Meet the Parents.
It's not hard to imagine that Di Niro really thought he was making a modern update to one of the few really good American French remakes.
So why is Meet the Parents kinda rubbish and The Birdcage kinda brilliant in every respect?
Is it because when a director starts off his career with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Graduate, you know he's got the chops to do something "low brow" like this, and make a triumph of it.
Whereas Jay Roach, director of Zoo Radio and Austin Powers actually hits a career highbrow with Meet the Parents.
And the review:
Great comedy, great performances, great music. Ends a bit suddenly. It would have been nice to have more. Which is the best way to end a film.
Not bad at all. I think The Birdcage is a pretty good movie. Robin Williams is very calm throughout, and does a really good job as Armond Goldman, a gay drag club owner. Gene Hackman is rather amusing as Senator Keeley. The standouts are definitely Hank Azaria as Agador and Nathan Lane as Armond's husband Albert. Hank Azaria made me laugh almost every time he spoke. He alone is reason enough to watch the movie again. And Nathan Lane, oh my God. The guy is hilarious. Highly recommended!
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