La Cage aux Folles (1978) - Comedy

Hohum Score

12

Watchable

The manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and his star attraction, are a gay couple. Madness ensues when his straight son brings home a fiancée and her ultra-conservative parents to meet them.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Édouard Molinaro
Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault
Length: 97 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 2 out of 44 found boring (4.54%)

One-line Reviews (8)

I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Wonderful timing and colorful performances make this lively romp worth watching.

Well, it's not better simply because it's the original but because there's something more crafted in the film, the directing of Molinaro made of slow and suspenseful close-ups and tactful zooming and traveling, served by a joyful music from Morricone, gives the feeling that we're immersed in a whole new world.

Also contrived is the fact that the son is marrying the daughter of an arch-conservative.

Though not great, it's a light, enjoyable little film, worth checking out.

And it is even more contrived that the president of the legion of decency - well, no spoilers.

In this day and age of slow moving public acceptance of gay couples (and hopefully one day gay marriage), I found this challenge to the stereotyped notion of motherhood to be more (refreshingly)shocking than the gay issue.

But there is a lot of contrived and ineffective stuff.