PG-13 Film is Appealing and Not Kinky!

Kinky Boots

If you enjoy feel-good movies then consider renting or buying this fantastic film. Kinky Boots is loosely based on the true story of a shoe factory that resorted to making fetish footwear for men to save their business.

Charmed by the trailer for Kinky Boots, I later saw this film. It has since become one of my favorite movies, mostly due to the performance of the charismatic lead, Chewitel Ejiofer.

Chewitel Ejiofer is a British actor worth watching.  He delivers a terrific performance in this film. This very talented and versatile actor is attracting a good deal of attention for his excellent work in films such as Dirty Pretty Things and Inside Man.

Kinky Boots also stars British actors Joel Edgerton, Sarah-Jane Potts and Nick Frost. Each of these actors is also perfect in their respective roles.  Kinky Boots was released in 2005 in theaters and was chosen as the opening night film for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

What Would You Do To Save the Family Business?

Charlie PricKinky Boots Theatrical PosterCredit: Wikepedia Ok for use to provide a commentary on the film. This low-resolution image accompanies my review of the film.e has just inherited his father’s failing shoe factory in conservative working class Northampton, England. Faced with financial ruin and having to layoff his employees, and thus squelching the town’s livelihood, Charlie comes up with a plan to save the factory.


After a chance meeting with Lola, who is a transvestite, Charlie and Lola begin working on designing thigh-high women’s shoes that men can wear instead of the staid and sensible brogues the factory formerly produced for generations. The film is funny, touching and inspiring.

Chewitel Ejiofer, in particular, shines in this movie as the flamboyant cross-dressing cabaret singer. Aside from Ejiofer's outstanding performance, movie viewers of this film will come to care about all of the identifiable characters and their predicaments. It is hard not to cheer them on before the film concludes.

My Review

While the title may sound daring or risqué, the movie is rated PG-13 and the film is surprisingly sweet and funny. The film asks the question of what it means to be a man but the movie is never preachy or pushy.

The humanity which Chewitel Eijofer brings to the role of Lola is indelible. This is what the critics and fans of the film notice the most about this movie. Some critics, however, viewed the film as predictable and complained that the writers played it too safe thematically.

Detractors of the film also deride the fact that Lola’s sexuality was glossed over as the character's sexuality is not really addressed in the film. While this may be true, Kinky Boots offers moviegoers a warm-hearted comedy, lots of laughs and some excellent musical performances. I belive critics, who dismissed the film, missed the point and purpose of the movie.

This is a feature film about triumph over adversity, fathers and sons and success against the odds for both Lola and Charlie. The movie is amusing and delightful for many reasons. I don't believe the film was meant to be about cross-dressing men and their stories. Rather, the movie is about Charlie, his factory, a group of factory workers and Lola. Lola just so happens be a drag queen.

I believe the movie succeeds in its purpose and it has charmed movie audiences and DVD aficionados.  There are many positive user reviews for Kinky Boots on both Amazon.com and on other popular movie review sites such as Yahoo Movies. There is both a lot of humorous dialogue and poignant moments in this film.

Best Lines 

The factory that started the century providing a range of footwear for men will go
into the next century providing footwear for... a range of men.
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There are many more very funny quotes from this movie and ones that are even funnier than the one above. However, I do not wish to spoil the film's dialogue.  The dialogue, itself, tickles funny bones.  Kinky Boots is a fun movie. There is comedy, drama and some great musical sequences. Many joyful elements exist in this film. The conversation about men and what attributes make a man a good man is evocative.

Soundtrack

Kinky Boots also features a terrific soundtrack featuring songs written or performed by Nina Simone, David Bowie, Cole Porter and  James Brown.  Chiwetel Ejiofor also performs many songs himself on screen and on the accompanying soundtrack. Chiwetel Ejiofer also has a great singing voice. The soundtrack is not to be missed.

Songs included on the soundtrack:

    "The Prettiest Star"

    "Wild Is the Wind"

    "I Put a Spell on You"

    "My Heart Belongs to Daddy"

    "It's a Man's Man's Man's World"

    "The String Vest"

    "Summer Holiday"

    "I Want to Be Evil"

    "Whatever Lola Wants"

    "Together We Are Beautiful"

    "Mr. Big Stuff"

    "My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean"

    "Largo al factotum, from The Barber of Seville"

    "Mr. Maybe"

    "Underboys"

    "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"

    "In These Shoes"

    "Cha Cha Heels"

    "Going Back to My Roots"

    "Yes Sir I Can Boogie"

    "In These Shoes"

(source: Amazon.com listing for the CD Soundtrack)

DVD

The DVD of this movie is available for purchase on Amazon.com. The film is 107 minutes long and there is a featurette on the DVD of "The Real Kinky Boots Factory" on which the film is based.

Selection of Awards and Honors

British Independent Film Awards
2005 Nominations
Best Actor – Chiwetel Ejiofor
Best Screenplay

London Critics Circle Film Awards
2006 Nomination
British Actor of the Year

Florida Film Festival
2006 Winner
Audience Award - Best International Feature

Golden Globes, USA
2007 Nomination
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Similar Feature Films

Kinky Boots is most often compared to similar British comedy movies Calendar Girls and The Full Monty. I have seen all three movies and can recommend Kinky Boots as the best of these three films.

If you have not seen this movie, consider adding Kinky Boots to your Netflix queue or rent it locally.  I hope you enjoy it as I do. It's one of my favorite movies, and one of my favorite films, to recommend to friends.

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