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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
The late Robin Williams stars in this wonderfully frothy comedy with brilliant support from Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Hank Azaria and Dianne Wiest.
this was fucking hilarious
Funny every time.
Gotta be in my top five funnies.
I absolutely love this movie. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are the greatest couple ever. Just the dynamic of their family and how it's polar opposite of their soon to be daughter in-law's family is ridiculously hilarious. Everyone in this movie has a strong personality and how they clash and mesh with the each other is just classic. And the 'home is where you make it' message resounds very strongly in this film.
directing a show of this next year so like if you see me obsessively rewatching this now you know why
Gene Hackman in drag - every cinemagoer's dream. The Birdcage is about as good a version of French farce as Hollywood would be capable of. It plays it safe, of course - and stereotypes homosexuals with the raving effeminate brush. But for what it is, it's pretty funny. It's still very stagey, but tries to transcend its origins - with some classic Miami location work - if not in its overly theatrical hamming. Azaria overdoes if to an almost retarded extent, Williams gives one of his last great perfs, and Lane undoubtedly is the star of the show - in more ways that one.
Logline: engaged couple want their families to meet, but her parents are rabid right-wingers and his parents are the owner and headliner of a gay drag club.
The premise was relevant In the seventies when the original French film "La Cage Aux Folles" (the name of the drag club) became a cultural phenomenon. In "The Birdcage," Mike Nichols made the premise more relevant to Clinton-era America, casting Robin Williams as the Birdcage's owner and Gene Hackman as the bride's father, a morals-and-values senator. (Calista Flockhart of "Ally McBeal" fame is the bride-to-be.)
In the twenty-first century, with same-sex marriage the law of the land, the premise may be more relevant than ever. See the French movie, and see this one, too. The parts that are just like the original? You'll laugh and laugh! The parts that are nothing like the original? You'll laugh and laugh, too!
Progressive and for 2015 kind of outdated. But a fantastically fun film to watch it take it’s time getting going into its farce situation but the performances are almost all perfect. The situation may be over the top, the performances may be very bright and bubbly but it never really fell into gay stereotyping and the situation for the comedy may be outdated but the performances and the characters are definitely not.
Agadus Spartacus in a ''Straight Looking'' shirt may be the, among other things like ''Oh, God. I pierced the toast!'', the highest point of this film.
This must be the fourth time I have seen this movie and yet I probably laughed harder than any previous viewing. This film is comedic gold, and easily the best Hollywood remake of a Francis Veber film. What I'd forgotten was how earnest Robin Williams' performance was. We've all seen him play the camp gay character (or voice) as part of his stand-ups, which usually last all of ten seconds between countless other gags, but here it's something completely different. He's reserved yet sincere and rarely plays anything for laughs, instead allowing the humour to grow organically from everyone in the scene. Not all that hard when you have Nathan Lane playing it up as his partner, as well as…
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