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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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Did You Know?


Inspired by the true story of a traditional English men's footwear factory in Northamptonshire which turned to production of kinky boots for transvestites in order to save the ailing family business and safeguard the jobs of the local community. 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 Psych: One, Maybe Two, Ways Out (2010) See more »


My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Chiwetel Ejiofor
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Absolutely worth your time
23 April 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Like The Full Monty, this is a very satisfying, and ultimately uplifting film. It's basically about two people who have seemingly nothing in common, but are actually at similar crossroads in their lives. The performances by Joel Edgerton and Chiwetel Ejiofor are great and the plotting is nicely handled. The supporting roles are just as richly played as the main ones and provide many moments of humor. While there is a lot to laugh about, the film is strongest when dealing with the characters' foibles and triumphs over them.

This is a small film with giant themes and is definitely worth your time.

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