The Birdcage (1996) - Comedy

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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.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane
Length: 117 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 15 out of 202 found boring (7.42%)

One-line Reviews (64)

By that time it's totally obvious, as if a caricature, what's going on and where the film means to take its audience and it's just sluggish progression to the conclusion and completely self-indulgent.

"The Birdcage" is a film that should have deserved more recognition, less than a remake, it's more of a refreshing and modernization of the 70's version, and it's so lively, so flamboyant, so comical, it seems to reconcile with an idea of the 'gay' culture, that no matter how stereotypical it is, remains more enjoyable than its claim for banality.

the birdcage is a mildly entertaining, sometimes funny - sometimes silly movie.

Amusing at times, but takes way too long to get where it's going, with the payoff being less than satisfactory.

It wasn't bad at all, quite enjoyable.

THE BIRDCAGE is the hysterically entertaining Americanized version of the French classic LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.

'The Birdcage' as a stand-alone movie is witty, funny, silly, and entertaining.

Entertaining from beginning to end.

Funny entertaining movie .

Basically, a witty script and superb actors' play make me watch the 1978 "La Cage Aux Folles" original over and over, while bland adaptation with weak acting of "The Birdcage" spoils the brilliant script.

the plot seems improbable but the conviction with which the performance play their parts make it quite enjoyable.

Entertaining .

I'm a fan of farce but when it is this labored and unfunny, it can become tiresome.

Very entertaining.

Anyway they have a son, Val (played with utter banality), provided by Armand's brief period of sexual experimentation (with a woman - played fabulously (as usual) by Cristine Barinski) who, at the great age of 20, has fallen in love and wants to get married.

I find this kind of storytelling to be unbearable.

Unexpected Gem .

Some of the dialogue is very funny, but the movie often teeters on the edge of descending into pointless farce.

But one thing Lane shows without pretending is how loving and caring he's for Val, and that's what makes his character so endearing and engaging.

I enjoyed it very much...

Very, very slow.

It wasn't bad at all, quite enjoyable.

The whole film is worth watching just for that scene for so many reasons.

Don't waste your time, go watch the original .

I also found it rather refreshing to see Robin Williams playing straight man to Lane, who along with Hank Azaria as their housekeeper, practically steal the film from everyone else in one of the most entertaining comedies of the 90's.

The cast is great, except Calista Flockhart seems a little drab in this film.

Not to mention the apartments transformation from gay couples home, to boring drab pad is sensational.

The music fit the story to fine detail and I overall enjoyed it.

mildly entertaining - kudos to robin williams.

It however is done in such a good and hilarious way that the movie becomes original on its own, despite its formulaic premise.


And thoroughly enjoyable!

And that's what makes it so enjoyable!

The Birdcage has a acceptable IMDb rating of 7.1. I think it's much better than that, and I highly recommend it.

"Entertaining Comedy!

I've always enjoyed this entertaining comedy and the cast is great.

Since then I've watched it at least four more times - whatever else this film may be, it is first and foremost a VERY ENTERTAINING film you can watch over and over again without getting bored.

I have watched this film at least 11 times and enjoyed it more each viewing.

Not to mention the apartments transformation from gay couples home, to boreing drab pad is sensational.

The movie its premise sounds like a cheap comedy with formulaic gay and drag queen jokes.

And the senator is just as cliché as a conservative senator (though I think he might be closer to reality than Nathan Lane is).

The over the top hispanic butler too did not work and was not remotely as amusing as the black butler in the french versionThe original went along at a cracking pace, the Birdcage was tedious and over long.

Also quite silly and/or dull in spells.

I did find certain characters to be really entertaining.

This is just a great entertaining movie.

It's entirely predictable.

And casting of Nathan Lane and Gene Hackman and Robin Williams together and the screen writers have put together one of the most entertaining films I have ever seen.


It was every bit as enjoyable the second time.

A remake of the 1978 film, La Cage aux Folles, 'The Birdcage' is an amusingly enjoyable film.

Funny and entertaining for a while, goes to crap at the end .

The unexpected scene stealer (if you can imagine *anyone* stealing a scene from either Robin or Nathan) is Hank Azaria as Agador Spartacus, the "house boy".

He manages to leave you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next thing to escape from his mouth.

As a 61 yr old gay guy, I STILL laugh my ass off at this funny, entertaining classic.

Tedious, with only a couple of truly funny moments.

Most importantly the culture in which the film is produced is different; the change in attitute since the original was made is vast; the french macho insecuritire are replaced by less cringe-making American '90's alternatives, though gone is that cruder kind of humour which provided some genuine belly-laughs in the French version - the phallic decorations that apparently would tell the dull conservatives instantly that the occupents are gay are amazingly tame here (though Hank Azaria shines as the outrageous house-boy he actually manages to make work here, implausible as the character should be and was in the French version)And it is a MAINSTREAM GAY film.....

Even if it goes the typical path of farces that reach a climax of hi-jinx followed by the sentimental explanation, the characters are incredibly well-crafted and too enjoyable to dismiss the sentimentality as corny.

With these two set-ups, the movie takes off for one of the funniest and most enjoyable recent comedy of errors.

Also, it seems that the film suffers from uneven pacing - the film seems to be racing along at times, and other times it's like watching paint dry.

Compared to the play, this movie is very slow and very drawn out.

I find this move to be very short on charm, long on forced acting, short on authenticity, boringly edited, and low on energy.

Williams and Lane wind up as Mr. and Mrs. Coleman, with Lane in drag, entertaining Hackman and Weist through an excruciatingly and very amusing dinner, before all is revealed.

Oh before I forget - Hank Azaira (I know that's spelled wrong) is hysterical - and he shows off his beautiful butt in a thonged bikini - Absolutely breathtaking.

I found this film to be boring, very unclever and full of too much tired old schtick.