I was going to review "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar"
by commenting that if you offended by drag queens, maybe this isn't the
movie for you. I've changed my mind. Maybe this movie is meant for you.
When Patrick Swayze steps out of the shower in the opening scene, he is
buff and gorgeous, but wait until he gets his make-up on, because he makes
one heck of a woman! Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo round out a trio
of drag queens who hit the road to Hollywood after winning the New York
beauty pageant. These guys would be fish-out-of-water anywhere, but they
end up in Snydersville, a dead end town that they remake as easily as putting
on a new pair of panty hose. I don't know when I have laughed as much and
that is because like all really good comedy, TO WONG FOO is centered on
tragedy. Accepting ourselves and accepting others isn't easy some times,
but these guys make it seem like a lark. And if you ever wondered what
the difference between gay, transvestive and drag queen is, just wait for
Wesley to give the lesson from the front seat of a 1967 Cadillac Convertible!
I think it will be a three way tie, if they have an actor/actress category
at the Oscars this year.