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 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.
In these days of legalised same sex marriage, it's easy to forget how progressive a film like The Birdcage was in the mid-90's, certainly when it came to Hollywood. Remaking the celebrated 70's French farce La Cage aux Folles, itself adapted from an earlier play, Mike Nichols pushes out more overt elements of farce to rather tell a fairly gentle character comedy about the more flamboyant kind of homosexuals and the politics of repression that comes with traditional morality. One suspects it may now be seen as rather dated, and as a heterosexual it would be interesting to know how the gay community might view it today, but Nichols manages to steer the piece out of being offensively made of…
The late Robin Williams stars in this wonderfully frothy comedy with brilliant support from Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Hank Azaria and Dianne Wiest.
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.
We lost two giants in our industry this past year. Mike Nichols and Robin Williams. They have each made indelible pieces of work over the years.
"The Birdcage" may not be the first film that comes to mind when you think of Williams and Nichols, but I think it's quite high up there.
I absolutely adore this movie. Watching Williams play a "straight" man to Nathan Lane's flamboyant caberet singer is a sight to behold. Robin Williams playing funny is one of life's sweet pleasures but he plays serious here more than you may remember. He carries the plot's weight squarely on his shoulders. His son Val's marriage is in jeooardy. His husband Albert's disappointment in life reigns supreme. His…
Thumbs Up: The cast are pretty pitch perfect, particularly the gay-stereotype-trifecta of Robin Williams, Nathan Lane and Hank Azaria from which most of the best jokes emanate, fun farcical set up, the bit with the Greek bowls, nice ending, solid production design.
Thumbs Down: Considering its a dinner-table farce, the film takes way too long (nearly two thirds) to get to the actual dinner table, and wastes time overplaying dramatic beats as opposed to setting up frantic comedy hijinks, plus the son comes across as a totally asshole asking his Dads (who raised him) to play it straight for the benefit of his girlfriend's stuck-up parents.
Usta işi, harika bir komedi.
Probably my 20th viewing. What a tremendous cast. The first half is good fun, the 2nd half is superb slapstick, screwball insanity.
I feel as if I change my mind on how I rate this movie more than any other. Earlier this week, I watched it and gave it four stars. While I'm watching it, I always find it funny. I never not laugh at "Get your goddamn pinky down!". The chemistry between Nathan Lane and Robin Williams is fantastic, and Hank Azaria has never been better (outside of The Simpsons). But as I get away from this movie for a bit, it starts to nag at me. I don't feel like the movie is mocking gay stereotypes. For all its flamboyance, the movie still manages to present a nuanced view of a gay couple. And it's something of a milestone for…
Not a great film. Not even close, really. But, for reasons that have nothing to do with Robin Williams' passing, watching it filled me with bittersweet nostalgia.
(P.S.: If you didn't work at Canal Place Cinema in New Orleans circa March 1996, you can probably safely subtract half-a-star.)
Still utterly delightful to me.
While Robin Williams, Hank Azaria (who kind of steals the show) and -to be honest- the rest of the cast are actually better than their French counterparts and Nathan Lane somehow, impossibly, hangs in there with Michel Serrault, there is just something absent in the Birdcage that La Cage aux Folles somehow captured.
While both are delightful, hilarious, and unrelentingly sweet, I'll still take the original over Nichols' still-great American version.
Every time I see a Robin Williams film I haven't seen before, I am blown away at uncovering just one more layer in the amazing person who is Robin Williams. Here he does an amazing job playing the gay father of a young man who is planning on marrying the daughter of a highly conservative senator. This film was hilarious, and I love any movie that has the similar comedy of errors style like this one. Every person in this film portrays their character amazingly, while together they have a wonderful chemistry that proves to be so entertaining I could watch this film again right now and enjoy it just as much if not more. Now to see the original French film as well.
the birdcage is fucking gold. robin williams and nathan lane are fucking gold in this movie. the on screen chemistry they have is so incredible to watch, that it makes my heart hurt. i don't know why i waited this long to watch it, because the birdcage just became one of my favorite LGBTQ movies ever.
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