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?
Before filming the scene in which Sheriff Dollard (played by Chris Penn
) pulls the car over at the roadside, Patrick Swayze
secretly placed a corn cob down the front of his underwear. Penn's expression of shock upon putting his hand up Swayze's dress is not faked. See more
In the early scene where the girls are seated at a night club table with John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt (Robin Williams,) his hat does some amazing things. Between shots of Schmidt and the girls, his hat brim goes from just above his eyebrows to a point well above the hairline and continues to alternate for about six separate shots. 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
Who Taught You How
Written by Crystal Waters
, Eric Kupper
Performed by Crystal Waters
Crystal Waters appears courtesy of Mercury Records See more