Glenn Kenny
February 23, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
John Leguizamo, Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Jason London, Chris Penn, Michael Vartan
director
Beeban Kidron
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B+

Upon brightening up a stagnant quasi-redneck community, one of the three cross-country-trekking cross-dressing hero(ine)s of the breezy comedy To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar notes that a pinch of fairy dust can go a long way — very funny. This movie works best, however, when viewed as a fairy tale in the old-school sense; it certainly doesn’t deal much in the reality of drag life. So as a Disneyfied (or, in this case, a product of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, which is more Disney than Disney now) depiction of an oft-maligned subculture, it’s not bad at all. A noticeable improvement: While the dolled-up Swayze and Snipes looked positively frightening in theaters, on the small screen they’re almost fetching — if you go for that sort of thing. B+

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