THE COCKETTES (2002) A funny, triumphant, and moving documentary about the mad theatrical troupe of San Francisco upstarts who dared to be fab and gay and glam before… 2002-06-28 R PT100M Documentary Strand Releasing
Movie Review

THE COCKETTES (2002)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 28, 2002; Rated: R; Length: 100 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Strand Releasing

A funny, triumphant, and moving documentary about the mad theatrical troupe of San Francisco upstarts who dared to be fab and gay and glam before even the late-'60s generation knew what to make of them. Bill Weber and David Weissman's film, which weaves home-movie footage around witty interviews, unveils a community of wacked innocents who were the missing link between hippie and drag, between Andy Warhol's super- stars and John Waters' freaks. The Cockettes weren't talented, exactly, yet their bedazzled flakiness takes you closer than most films to what was once meant by the term ''free-spirited.''

Originally posted Jul 26, 2002 Published in issue #664 Jul 26, 2002 Order article reprints