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
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[singing can be heard from Rusty's open window]
Yeah, gitchi gitchi ya ya da da, gitchi gitchi ya ya here, mocha chocolata ya ya...
[shouts out the window]
Hey! Hei! Shut the fuckin' window or shut the fuck up!
You shut you'r fuckin' window!
The gay community thanks you for your support, fucker!
Fuck you and the gay community!
Fuck you and your "Lets get married, have kids and beat up the fuckin' dog" community, Fucker!
[singing really loud out of the window]
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During the credits, DeNiro and Hoffman sing the "Name Song" together while staying in character. See more »
I saw this film on a plane and thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the performance of Philip Seymour Hoffmann whom I found spectacular as a lonely, vulnerable, witty drag queen reaching out to recent stroke victim, homophobic DeNiro. The two of them were marvelous - and the end of the film had an outtake of Hoffmann and DeNiro practicing "The Name Game" that alone was worth the entire movie. There were certainly stereotypes among the minor characters but the plot was good and so was the acting. My acting teacher used to describe plays/films like "Virginia Wolff" as love stories. Using his criteria of two people coming together, sharing experiences and touching each other's hearts - Flawless certainly qualifies as an atypical love story.
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