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Movie Review: Kinky Boots

Alternate Title: Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets

Story: There must be a special place in the British Isles for feel-good films with a touch of social implication thrown in the mix. Can't we all just get along? Apparently in Britain we can - if we all just get to know one another a bit better.

This time out we get a young, fourth generation shoe factory owner whose recently inherited company is dying, a sad drag queen named Lola, an accidental meeting and before you know it everyone is on a new career path.

Yes the film is formulaic and predictable but it is a heck of a fun ride for two hours. And what's wrong with a film that is simply heartwarming and entertaining?

Acting: Everyone hit their mark with special kudos to Chiwetal Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things) as Lola.

Predilection: None

Critters: None

Blatant Product Placement: None

Soundtrack: Terrific soundtrack including songs by Nina Simone, David Bowie and Lyn Collins.

Opening Titles: A smart, lively opening sequence showing our drag queen as a little girl/boy and her fascination with shoes.

Visual Art: Some fun kitschy stuff.

Theater Audience: Four other people

Sappy Factor: 1

Quirky Meter: 3

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: It was lots of fun, despite the known formula and therefore, I did not drift.

Predictability Level: Over the top predictable

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: For a good time check out the bug screen but it can easily be a rental. For some other films about drag queens, transgenders, etc, try some of the following: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Boys Don't Cry, Split: Portrait of a Drag Queen, Investigative Reports:Transgender, Normal (Slip), Party Monster, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Victor Victoria, Ed Wood, Wigstock: The Movie, La Cage Aux Folles, The Birdcage, The Crying Game, Glen Or Glenda

Length: Under 2 hours

LOBO HOWLS: 7