After jointly winning a local drag queen pageant in New York City, Noxeema Jackson and Vida Boheme win the right and are given the round trip airfare to compete in the Drag Queen of America pageant in Hollywood, California. Noxeema sees herself as the next Dorothy Dandridge, who bucked the trend of most black American movie actresses of her time by never playing the slave house maid. Vida's style reflects her past of growing up in upper class suburban Pennsylvania. One of their fellow New York contestants, Chi-Chi Rodriguez, is a straight-talking but naive and inexperienced drag queen. Seeing that Chi-Chi needs some drag queen confidence (despite her bravada), Vida and a reluctant Noxeema decide to cash in their plane tickets and buy an older model Cadillac convertible and drive to Hollywood with Chi-Chi. Their drive takes them through much of the country where alternate lifestyles are less tolerated than they may be in New York or Los Angeles. The three have an extended stay in small... Written by
Attitude is everything.
Motion Picture Rating
Rated PG-13 for subject matter involving men living in drag, a brief scene of spousal abuse and some language
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Did You Know?
During the bar scene (at around 1h 28 mins) the shoe that Virgil picks up and inspects suddenly changes to a different shoe from one shot to the next. Most evident in the toe strap (more open, then flattened) and different wear patterns at the heel (just a few scratches, then a larger wear). See more
Ready or not, here comes mama!
Noah Kidron Style .... Best Baby (Noah was born to director Beeban Kidron
on the last day of filming). See more
References Midnight Cowboy
Turn It Out
Written by Shep Pettibone
, Steve Feldman
Performed by LaBelle
, Nona Hendryx
and Sarah Dash
Patti LaBelle appears courtesy of MCA Records, Inc. See more