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Kinky Boots

Small-town factory owners enlist the help of a big-hearted drag queen.

'œDon't worry,' said Peter Travers in Rolling Stone. 'œIt just sounds like another bad Sharon Stone movie.' Kinky Boots is really just a gently racy British comedy in the mold of The Full Monty'”a film with sex featured so sweetly that you could sit next to your grandma in the theater and never even blush. After his father's sudden death, Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton) inherits the family business, a crumbling shoe factory in small-town England. Faced with foreign competitors and a shrinking niche market, Charlie has to adapt quickly or he'll be handing out pink slips. Just when all seems lost, Charlie runs into Lola, a spunky drag queen who tells him she can never find the right women's shoes to fit her feet. So Charlie decides he'll save the day with a new line of tranny-only footwear. The setup, like the ensuing feel-good resolution, is hardly original, said Carina Chocano in the Los Angeles Times. But there's something to be said for these types of movies'”like a favorite cozy T-shirt, they're 'œpredictably delightful and delightfully predictable.' That's especially true when the actors are so in tune with their roles, said Peter Rainer in The Christian Science Monitor. This movie is worth watching just for Chiwetel Ejiofor as Lola'”a performance 'œpacked with grace and wit and pathos,' when it could have been clownish and insensitive.

Rating: PG-13

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