Kinky Boots (PG)

Dec 18, 2013
Cranbrook Film Society

“Kinky Boots” is a delightful film about the travails of a shoe manufacturing factory set in Northampton. When Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton) takes over the family shoe business, he discovers the company is practically out of business. After laying off a bunch of people, one of the young women he’s making “redundant” tells him the company needs to find its niche. He finds it by accident when he helps a drag queen named Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who’s about to be attacked by a group of men. After watching Lola’s shows, Charlie decides the niche will be shoe wear for “a variety of men” (drag queens) who have trouble finding women’s shoes that fit. He invites Lola to Northampton to help design and test the shoes.

Funny, warm, with characters you care about, “Kinky Boots” says something about societal attitudes towards those who are different and what it truly means to be a man, but doesn’t beat you over the head with it. It has a great story, lots of humour, and excellent acting, particularly from Chiwetel Ejiofor and Joel Edgerton.

Based on a true story, with a script co-written by Calendar Girls screenwriter Tim Firth, it is hard to imagine two more diametrically opposed worlds than those belonging to Lola and Charlie. In the same genre as The Full Monty, you can take your maiden aunt to see Kinky Boots, there is nothing to offend anyone in this gentle comedy that explores our own sense of self and self-worth.

Unless you have a heart of stone, you will come out smiling and more optimistic than when you entered.

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joel Edgerton, Sarah-Jane Potts

Awards: One win, seven nominations including a Golden Globe.

Julian Jarrold | UK | 2005 | 107 mins | PG

Excellent
73%
    Good
    23%
      Average
      1%
        Poor
        2%
          Terrible
          1%

            Weighted vote 92.6%

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