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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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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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The Shoe Fair depicted actually exists and it's called MICAM, it's not situated in the centre of Milan, obviously, but in the exhibition complex in the outskirts of the city. See more »


Charlie's tie changes position during the sequence where he lays off the workers. There is one cut in the sequence where his tie is neater. 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 »


Whatever Lola Wants
Written by Richard Adler, Jerry Ross
Performed by Chiwetel Ejiofor
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Cheeky, good fun!
30 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kinky Boots is a cheeky, fun little movie that has a simple message, but a life all its own! It is part of the new wave of irreverent British comedies and it holds its own against the rest of the pack.

Chiwetel Ejiofor shines in this film, proving once again that he's an actor to watch. After compelling turns in Inside Man and Dirty Pretty Things (among others), he defies convention in Kinky Boots--this is not an actor who can be type cast! He is riveting as Lola/Simon, convincing through and through.

There are some subplots that fall a little flat, but the story is very cute overall. The actors are uniformly good, but Ejiofor stands out. In addition, the production design is also pretty well done--the drag sequences are hysterical and a joy to behold. This film put a gigantic smile on my face that stayed put for the rest of the day!

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