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?
earned the role of sage Vida Boheme by improvising a 30-minute monologue inspired by the bullying he suffered as a boy studying ballet in Texas. See more
The "girls" repeatedly spend entire days in the car although by nightfall, no one has even a hint of a five o'clock shadow or a beard. 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 Island in the Sun
(Hey, Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song
Written by Chips Moman
(as Chip Moman), Larry Butler
Performed by B.J. Thomas
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc. See more