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Kinky Boots (2005)

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, more...
Director: Julian Jarrold, Julian Jarrold
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, British Comedy, UK
Running Time: 107 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish
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A failing shoe factory that's struggling to maintain its footing following the death of its founder finds the inspiration needed to stay in business from the most unlikely of sources in veteran British director Julian Jarrold's warmhearted tale of fancy footwear and changing times. Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton) just can't seem to keep the factory afloat on his own, and with the livelihood of his entire small town hanging in the balance, he needs to come up with something truly groundbreaking. Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a sassy female impersonator with a flair for style and a great mind for design. Though on paper their inventive scheme to save the factory may sound too outrageous to be true, stranger things have happened in the world of business, and if it doesn't break them, it may just transform them into the richest footwear manufacturers in all of England. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Men and Work by talltale September 17, 2006 - 7:14 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
From its surprising opening line--"Stupid boy!"--KINKY BOOTS continues now and again to catch its audience a bit unaware, even if it is basically another feel-good movie. It also honors craftsmanship in the workplace (there aren't too many recent films that bother with this apparently outdated concept), while giving a grand--and hugely different--opportunity to Brit black Chiwetel Ejiofor, who, it would appear, can handle just about any role. From "Dirty Pretty Things" to "Twelfth Night," "Love Actually," "Melinda and Melinda," "Four Brothers," "Serenity" and now this one--in which he plays a drag queen, sings his own songs (quite well) and models clothes and shoes like the pro he is, Ejiofor never missteps. Some of his movies may suck, but the guy himself can do no wrong.

Here he is bolstered by Aussie actor Joel Edgerton ("The Hard Word," "Ned Kelley" "King Arthur"), Sarah-Jane Potts, Jemima Rooper and writing by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth that is nuanced and offers some interesting ideas about men and work. The film is not great (over-long, it squanders its momentum) but it's good enough. Director Julian Jarrold has worked almost exclusively in television (some of it--"White Teeth"--very fine indeed), and he manages, after a spot of worry, to bring the movie home.

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