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A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents.

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Armand Goldman owns a popular drag nightclub in South Miami Beach. His long-time lover, Albert, stars there as Starina. "Their" son Val (actually Armand's by his one heterosexual fling, twenty years before) comes home to announce his engagement to Barbara Keeley, daughter of Kevin Keeley, US Senator, and co-founder of the Committee for Moral Order. The Senator and family descend upon South Beach to meet Val, his father and "mother." What ensues is comic chaos. Written by Randy Goldberg <goldberg@nymc.edu>

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What could possibly come between a match made in heaven? The parents. Dinner. And a nightclub called... (The Birdcage) See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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$31,000,000 (estimated)

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£3,673,343 (UK) (17 May 1996)

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JPY 249,131,200 (Japan) (3 January 1997)
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The Jonathan Swift piece about Irish peasants eating their babies that Val refers to is "A Modest Proposal". See more »

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While sitting at a restaurant, the positioning of sugar packets on the table changes. See more »

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[first lines]
[singers are performing "We Are Family" on-stage]
Cyril: [backstage, into a telephone] Agador! Where is Starina? She goes on in 5 minutes!
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Love Is In the Air
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Robin Williams (uncredited) and Christine Baranski (uncredited)
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One of the funniest movies I've ever seen.
2 September 2008 | by (Subcrust Base 955 - Venus) – See all my reviews

This is a funny, funny story about a gay couple pretending to be a straight couple to impress the family of the son's fiancée. There are moral lessons in this comedy to live and let live and to judge people on their character, not their sexual orientation.

My girlfriend and I watched this movie together and we both howled with laughter. We still treasure this movie and watch it again and again.

We had not seen either the original play or movie so this was a standalone viewing. It was just terrific.

Williams and Lane are perfect as the gay couple. The look on Williams' face when Lane comes into the house when the visitors are there is priceless. Williams is a great straight guy (pun intended) for Lane's antics.

I judge this movie on the amount of laughs it gave me and that has to be a "10." Gene Hackman is perfect, as usual, as a moralizing, hypocritical Senator.


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