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Kinky Boots (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  26 May 2006 (USA)
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A drag queen comes to the rescue of a man who, after inheriting his father's shoe factory, needs to diversify his product if he wants to keep the business afloat.


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Charles Price may have grown up with his father in the family shoe business, but he never thought that he would take his father's place. Yet, the untimely death of his father places him in that position, only to learn that Price & Sons Shoes is failing. While in despair at his failed attempts to save the business, Charles has a chance encounter with the flamboyant drag queen cabaret singer, Lola. Her complaints about the inadequate footwear for her work combined with one of Charles' ex-employees, Lauren, leads to a suggestion to change the product to create a desperate chance to save the business: make men's fetish footwear. Lola is convinced to be their footwear designer and the transition begins. Now this disparate lot must struggle at this unorthodox idea while dealing with both the prejudice of the staff, Lola's discomfort in the small town and the selfish manipulation of Charles' greedy fiancée who cannot see the greater good in Charles' dream. Written by Kenneth Chisholm

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How Far Would You Go To Save The Family Business?


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 May 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Botas audaces para pies diferentes  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£623,163 (UK) (7 October 2005)


$1,819,454 (USA) (28 July 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Kinks had a hit song about a transvestite in 1970, named "Lola". See more »


When the train goes through the station labeled Northampton at the beginning of the film, it's not the real Northampton station. See more »


[first lines]
Lola's Dad: Come on. Come on, you stupid boy!
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Referenced in RuPaul's Drag Race: Shade: The Rusical (2014) See more »


The Prettiest Star
Written by David Bowie
Performed by David Bowie
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The most fun was my husband ordering tickets - 2 Kinky Boots Please
17 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed everything about this movie. It was warm, funny and intellectual without forcing an opinion or preaching. I found the characters rich and likable (except the Fiancé - but you weren't supposed to like her). My husband is a very "straight" man - and he laughed as hard and enjoyed the film so much he ordered the soundtrack on Amazon as soon as we got home.

We particularly liked when it was clear that Charlie and Lola were both as good a man as their fathers - if not better. We found Lola likable no matter which way he/she was dressed and loved Lola's challenge of Don - Change your mind about someone

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