Flawless (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  24 November 1999 (USA)
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An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons - with the drag queen next door.



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Walt Koontz, a homophobic guy, ends up with paralyzed vocal cords because of an unfortunate stroke. His therapy includes receiving singing lessons from a neighbor who is not only openly flamboyant but also a pre-op transgenderist. Both of them are equally prejudiced; Koontz against homosexuals and the neighbor against close-minded straight people. Written by Rob Reser - The Movie Kid - <moviekid@filmspot.com>

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They couldn't like each other less or need each other more. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and strong violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Makellos  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,590,155 (USA) (26 November 1999)


$4,485,485 (USA) (3 March 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The line "I'm more of a man than you'll ever be and more of a woman than you'll ever get" was first uttered by Antonio Fargas as 'Lindy' in Car Wash (1976). See more »


Drag queen: [fight breaks out, Drag Queen yells into walkie-talkie] I need some butch faggots over here!
[fight continues]
Drag queen: I need some dykes!
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, DeNiro and Hoffman sing the "Name Song" together while staying in character. See more »


References All in the Family (1971) See more »


You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
Written by Sylvester (as Sylvester James) & James Wirrick
Performed by the cast, with additional vocals by Bruce Roberts
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Built from perceptions minted in 1950...
7 September 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Philip Seymour Hoffman is good--if one-note--as a drag queen in New York who makes nice with the neighbor he hates, security officer and now stroke-victim Robert De Niro. The antagonistic relationship between the two might've used a bit more smoothing over (occasionally it feels like they're winging it, and De Niro's speech impediment tends to vary), but with two such fine actors running the scenes, there are compensations. De Niro himself looks fantastic, and he doesn't try to command the picture or any of his scenes with Hoffman; he's such a team player that you automatically respond to him. A drug-czar subplot is old hat, and the dancehall girl-with-the-pure-heart stuff is an obvious cliché, it has all been done before. But the real problem with the movie is that times have changed and perceptions are different, and not all gays are drag-queens and not all drag-queens want to have sex-change operations. It's a moldy movie myth that the filmmakers don't seem to get (perhaps they were brought up in an earlier era and believe the stereotype?). The continual foul language is a strain to listen to, but the growing camaraderie between the two leads proves to have some interesting give-and-take. **1/2 from ****

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