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Kinky Boots (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 26 May 2006 (USA)
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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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 and 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 fiance who cannot see the greater good in Charles' dream. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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How Far Would You Go To Save The Family Business?

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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

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26 May 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Botas audaces para pies diferentes  »

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$890,207 (Europe) (7 October 2005)

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$1,819,454 (USA) (30 July 2006)
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Broadway producer Daryl Roth loved Kinky Boots so much she helped turn it into a Broadway musical, with music by Cyndi Lauper. The show is running in the US, and will soon be on London's West End. See more »

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The voice mail Charlie leaves Lola in Milan goes "Lola, when you pick this up it's Charlie from Northampton" But when she plays it for Charlie, and Lauren after the cat-walk it goes "Lola, it's Charlie from Northampton". See more »

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[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 »

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Going Back to My Roots
(1976)
Written by Lamont Dozier
Performed by Chiwetel Ejiofor in a medley
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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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