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!
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 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.
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…
Film works best when it abandons the plot and let's us hang out with these wonderful performers in their natural habitats. Lane and Williams are a duo for the ages - I wish they worked together more.
Funny remake of Édouard Molinaro's 'La Cage aux Folles' (1978) where 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 fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents.
It's remarkable how well this holds up and such good-natured fun. Which, in 2015, really is a surprise.
The scene where Robin Williams is trying to teach Nathan Lane how to be "a man" has evolved leaps and bounds for me politically over the years, but will never not make me giggle like my 12-year-old self.
Mike Nichols went and made a 1960s screwball comedy 30 years after the fact. Perfect casting, though the plot is definitely a product of its era that must be looked past to fully enjoy.
All the talk of Jeb Bush, re-instilling moral values in America, and Gene Hackman referring to a right-wing talk show full of screeching pundits as "the most intelligent show on television" makes it feel like this screenplay could have been written today instead of 20 years ago. Also the DP of this movie was Emmanuel Lubezki of two-time Academy award winning fame, making it probably the weirdest shot '90s sitcom movie ever.
just saw The Birdcage again. It was much funnier than I had remembered. Yes there are stereo types here but in the end it is the conservatives who are the butt of the joke. It is within a gay family we find real family values. I love this review of the film:
A remake of La Cage aux Folles, The Birdcage brings aspects of the play in and creates, truly, one of the funniest films that I have ever seen. Nathan Lane was amazing, and Robin Williams was fantastic. The Birdcage is a must see.
oh my god i want to punch the kid in the face so bad. what a little shit. overall, a decent movie. it sorta goes downhill when the girl's family shows up. prior to that point, there's some real insightful moments and fantastically quotable lines. after, it's mostly slapstick.
as far as representation of the gay community in this? it's hard to say. i feel like in the context of 1996 this was a relatively positive portrayal. today it comes off as a little over the top. I guess in a sense I'm still looking for a mainstream movie that portrays a gay couple without them being either obnoxiously flamboyant, drag queens, in the closet, or some atypical combination thereof. but we're talking about 1996 here so that's really criticism better left for current features.
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