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'Kinky Boots': Gender-Bending Working-Class Comedy

Directed by first-timer Julian Jarrold from a screenplay by Geoff Deane and Calendar Girls co-screenwriter Tim Firth, Kinky Boots is officially a fictional motion picture inspired by a true story. Even so, this dramatic comedy with a message owes more to several British film hits of the last century than to anything resembling real life. Shamelessly borrowing elements from The Full Monty, The Crying Game, and The Man in the White Suit (and, one might add, Funny Face), Kinky Boots greatest accomplishment is that it manages to be modestly entertaining despite its blatant derivativeness and its eagerness to offend as few audience members as possible. The tale of a young man (Australian stage and TV actor Joel Edgerton) who tries […]


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'Kinky Boots': Gender-Bending Working-Class Comedy