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Flawless (1999)

Cast: Robert De Niro, Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, more...
Director: Joel Schumacher, Joel Schumacher
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Crime
Running Time: 111 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Can a homophobic former rent-a-cop find happiness learning to sing with a man in a dress? That's the big question in this comedy-drama. A retired security guard (Robert De Niro), deeply conservative and set in his ways, falls victim to a debilitating stroke. His doctors prescribe an extensive program of physical therapy once he's released from the hospital, including singing lessons to help him regain his full powers of speech. As it turns out, there's a vocal instructor living next door to the guard, so he signs up only to discover that his new teacher is a flamboyant drag queen awaiting a sex-change operation (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Written and directed by Joel Schumacher, Flawless also stars Wilson Jermaine Heredia and Daphne Rubin-Vega, both of whom first gained notice in the Broadway musical Rent, as well as Rory Cochran and Barry Miller. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Hey - a drag queen film you can watch with your mom and dad! by Kenyon November 11, 2002 - 9:12 PM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Note: This is NOT cutting edge gay cinema. But it IS surprisingly enjoyable, if just barely. Its clear why it was bankrolled, and why these two wanted to star in it. But, it is quite clearly a studio-watered-down version of what it could have been, and others are. On the other hand, there ARE a few little suprises (story and acting) mixed in with the many hugely predictable (and unnecessary) side-plots and stock characters.

While (this) Hoffman is not cinema's best drag queen, he does bring some quiet uniqueness to an often overdone character. And who can blame DeNiro for wanting to "do" a stroke victim? But, honestly, I was surprised when his vocal lessons were deemed complete - because I was still waiting to see some improvement! Oh well, a couple of other actors/roles were fresh, so that's worth something.

Bottom line: this is the kind of movie that non-art-house people can enjoy, and come away thinking they were pretty darn sophisticated for doing so. And it isn't as silly, boring or insulting as it EASILY could have been. So, check it out when you want an easy "watch", and enjoy it for what it is. Just don't expect a new "Priscilla". (But you didn't anyway, did you?)

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