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  • Summary: A failing shoe factory, a concerned son and a feisty female impersonator with a flair for design all play a part in this heartwarming and hilarious comedy, inspired by true events, shows what really happens when people who have spent their entire lives trying to fit in suddenly decide toA failing shoe factory, a concerned son and a feisty female impersonator with a flair for design all play a part in this heartwarming and hilarious comedy, inspired by true events, shows what really happens when people who have spent their entire lives trying to fit in suddenly decide to truly stand out. (Miramax Films) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. This pleasant but predictable affair does one thing very well: showcasing the versatility of Chiwetel Ejiofor. The London actor can be seen as Denzel Washington's detective sidekick in "Inside Man." Watch him chomp down on a New York accent with Washington, and then watch him as Lola (a.k.a. Simon), a cabaret performer in makeup, wig and wild gowns. That's acting.
  2. 75
    The movie is in the naughty-but-nice British tradition in which characters walk on the wild side but never seem to do anything else there.
  3. 70
    Kinky Boots is diverting, but it's only worth shouting about thanks to Ejiofor' quietly subversive take on what has become a stock movie character.
  4. 60
    A sweet-tempered, mildly entertaining picture.
  5. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    A London drag queen and a bunch of Midlands working stiffs find common ground and, uh, mutual respect in Kinky Boots, a slick, cross-tracks Britcom whose stride is hampered by its desire not to offend.
  6. Reviewed by: Neva Chonin
    50
    Really, the only thing kinky about this movie is its title.
  7. I once said I'd watch Chiwetel Ejiofor act in any piece of disposable fluff, and now I have.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. GrantH.
    May 26, 2006
    10
    Absolutely wonderful.
  2. larryk.
    May 13, 2006
    9
    Good story, good music, upbeat humor, great photography.
  3. MJS.
    Jul 31, 2006
    9
    Lesson, laughs and love all presented in a story line that although at times predictable, keeps your interest.
  4. ArnoldP.
    Apr 15, 2006
    8
    So it's a by-product of formula filmaking, but for me the point was, in however sugar coated it was delivered, it dealt with a insidious So it's a by-product of formula filmaking, but for me the point was, in however sugar coated it was delivered, it dealt with a insidious prejudice against gays, and drag queens. Simon beautifully portrayed by Ejiofor is our hero, who doesn't die tragically, he helps transforms even one man's homophobia. We live in the most ethnically and culturally nation on the planet and in this small film get, that we were all created in the image of a higher source. Bravo to the Brit's! Expand
  5. Aug 30, 2014
    7
    KINKY BOOTS has become a Broadway sensation in 2013 with music and lyrics from Cyndi Lauper, while this original film is equally brilliantKINKY BOOTS has become a Broadway sensation in 2013 with music and lyrics from Cyndi Lauper, while this original film is equally brilliant with a broad message of self-affirmation. Directed by Julian Jarrold (BECOMING JANE 2007, 7/10), it is another old-fashioned uplifting adult fairytale from UK, such as CALENDAR GIRLS (2003, 7/10), and THE FULL MONTY (1997), both exploit on the prudish nudity, but this film, based on a true event, is about a shoe factory owner Charlie (Edgerton) saves his family business by finding a niche market to design kinky boots for drag queens, with the help of a black transvestite Lola (Ejiofor), the story itself sounds outlandish, but the film is a thorough bliss to watch.

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  6. JimG.
    May 7, 2006
    6
    Enjoyable, if formulaic, movie. Apparently drag queens are still a novelty, though Lola and Simon are given a little more depth than usual.
  7. DougC.
    Jul 2, 2006
    0
    I went to see it because some friends of mine were actors in it. I wish I hadn't. It was way too long and the acting was flat as a I went to see it because some friends of mine were actors in it. I wish I hadn't. It was way too long and the acting was flat as a pancake. I've seen Daniel Pettrow and Patricia French do a great job elsewhere. Collapse

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