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Rating: - "Cult Classic" : Priscilla Eats "Wong Foo" for Breakfast !
Terence Stamp, as a Transexual...need I say more? OK...I will: "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" is a wonderful, frollicking (or is it "frocking?") Adventure. Terence Stamp (of "The Hunger") is fabulous as an aging transexual, with bitter views and a sarcastic, biting sense of humor. His fellow(ette) travelers are performers, en route to the show of their lifetime, across the desert land of Australia....bickering and cat-fighting the entire way. Some of the banter is obviously a politically incorrect portrayal of gay men--the lines are often inspired by the worst-case scenario of gay men bickering--yet, I've met a few of those guys, in real life...so, the PC people will need to suspend their sense of appropriateness and enjoy the entertainment. This is NOT just a movie for "gay culture," as some people think. Straight couples enjoy the film and there are many hilarious scenes that couples can appreciate, together. There are some very Dramatic episodes that make the film more than a Comedy and aspire to give you an understanding of the sub-culture and humanity of the characters (despite personal prejudices). Besides, let's put the Anthropological Dissertation aside and get down to the core of the matter.... "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" is a great movie!
Wait'll you see what one Lady likes to do with Ping-Pong Balls ; )
Rating: - Marvelous! Hilarious and immensely watchable!
When a film with this title and these characters takes home the Oscar for best Costumes, you know its got to be high camp and maybe a bit light on the side of watchability. Au contraire!
When a pre-Hollywood Guy Pierce steps out of Priscilla (the so-named bus) wearing a dress made of pink and blue flip flops, I fell off my chair in fits of laughter.
This film came out of Austrailia just before "To Wong Fu, Thanks for Everything, Love Julie Newmar" and is, well, darn it, just 100 times better at a similar theme (picture a Bob Hope/Bing Crosby road movie, with the characters all in drag).
The funny lines are hilarious. The acting superb (Oscar winner Terrence Stamp plays a post operative transsexual for heaven's sake!).
Pre-Matrix Hugo Weaving must perform a drag show for his ex-wife (real woman). He takes along pre-L.A. Confidential and Memento Guy Pierce, and post Billy Bud/Superman II Terrance Stamp to assist. The three purchase a bus and drive across Austrailia meeting an assortment of characters, both pleasant and unpleasant (the bar scene in their first hotel is an absolute scream!).
You must see this film!
Rating: - Priscilla queen of the surprise cinema entertainment
3 faces you like to see in films: Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving, Terence Stamp. But you KNOW they're not those guys here. They are 1 determined transexual and 2 buddy crossdressers just lame'ing their way across the outback. Geography? Who cares? Just when you think the staging gets Hollywood, you get a bracing Strictly Ballroom moment. Not since people started shouting about the Pan-Pacific Championship have I been this excited! Fresh ! Fresh! Film! if you want a reward and not a wince for your watching and listening, without automatically moving to click channels, even though you're watching a DVD and it won't work, get this! Music! Dancing! men! it can't miss!