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?
The early scene with Robin Williams
was filmed at the Canton Restaurant located in the Journal Square section of Jersey City NJ. The restaurant had been an institution for 50 some years. Sadly it closed 10 or so years ago. It had a beautiful circular dance floor in the center of the dining room The set dressers only had to add the framed photos and small touches around the wooden banquettes. See more
Although the evening weather is so chilly that that the characters' breath can be seen whenever they talk, no one is wearing a coat and Vida puts the top down on their convertible. 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
Je Cherche Un Homme (I Wan't A Man)
French lyrics written by Yves Bruyere
English lyrics written by Ramon Pina
Music written by Michel Emer
, Georges Pazman
Performed by Eartha Kitt
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Music See more