After jointly winning a local drag queen pageant in New York City, Noxeema Jackson and Vida Boheme win the right and are given the round trip airfare to compete in the Drag Queen of America pageant in Hollywood, California. Noxeema sees herself as the next Dorothy Dandridge, who bucked the trend of most black American movie actresses of her time by never playing the slave house maid. Vida's style reflects her past of growing up in upper class suburban Pennsylvania. One of their fellow New York City contestants, Chi-Chi Rodriguez, is a straight-talking, but naive and inexperienced drag queen. Seeing that Chi-Chi needs some drag queen confidence (despite her bravada), Vida and a reluctant Noxeema decide to cash in their plane tickets and buy an older model Cadillac convertible and drive to Hollywood with Chi-Chi. Their drive takes them through much of the country where alternate lifestyles are less tolerated than they may be in New York City or Los Angeles. The three have an extended ...Written by
Wong Foo, or "Fooey" as his friends called him, was the head bartender at the China Bowl restaurant. It was on 152 west 44th Street east of Broadway and closed in 1993. The walls of the restaurant were covered with head shots of famous actors and actresses who had stopped by the place. See more »
Toward the end of the movie, the girls are hiding in their hotel room. A young girl comes to the door and asks for Miss Vida and Auntie Noxi. Before she opens the door, there is nothing on the back side of the door except a hanging dress. Seconds later when she closes the door, Chi-Chi is hanging on the back of the door. See more »
"The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious: any similarity to actual person, living or dead, is purely coincidental. In particular, the character named "Chi Chi Rodriguez" was not based upon or authorized by the professional golfer of that name." See more »
I never thought that any of these guys could act until I saw this movie. They are very talented. I have, since seeing this film, paid a lot closer attention to all of their work as actors. They deserve a bigger credit than most of them get professionally speaking. Snipes and Swayze are both known mostly because of their talents in action films. I enjoy their muscles too, but MAN! Can they act or what? John L. is known for his comedy but he proves that he is crediable in a dramatic role. I recommend this film for everyone that is into talent.
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