Hedwig and the Angry Inch
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Hedwig was born a boy named Hansel in Communist East Berlin who dreamed of finding his other half and becoming a big American rock star. When a handsome American GI promises love and liberation, it seems like a dream come true. But there's a catch-in order to marry and emigrate Hansel must "leave a little something behind." Hedwig survives a botched sex change operation that leaves her with an "angry inch" only to be stranded in a Kansas trailer park the very day the Berlin Wall comes down. Undeterred, Hedwig dons immaculate makeup and a Farrah Fawcett wig and forms a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Those expecting a rockin' good time are likely to be left cold by this screen translation, which despite some imaginative packaging too often proves a drag in more than the sartorial sense."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Flamboyant, irreverent, naughty and oddly, profoundly moving."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"...a swath of glittery eye shadow splashed across mainstream American movie screens."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Mitchell's performance as Hedwig remains one of the best of modern times -- the character is by turns sexy, scary, outrageous, obnoxious, pitiable and vulnerable -- and it anchors a movie that landed on my list of the 10 best films of the 2000s."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Definitely recommended for those looking for something different."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Despite the creator/actor/director's energetic efforts, the material never feels comfortable in its new form."
‑ , Time Out
"What in any other hands than Mitchell's might have been a sexual sight gag becomes a symbol of personal freedom and expression."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is an important cultural touchstone for the LGBT community and a thrilling discovery for everyone."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"One of the most delightful surprises of 2001, and it has lost none of its charm or its surprising power in the intervening years."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Mitchell's successful screen version of his acclaimed play, which feature one of the most original hero(ine), benefits immeasurably from the skills of his producer Christine Vachon and production designer Therese DePrez."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It is fairly short and fairly enjoyable."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The film's not only funny and weird, it's oddly poignant."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A ball of gender confusion, Biblical allegories and Eastern European politics -one of those would be a tricky subtext for a 90-minute rock opera. But the songs marry Jim Steinman's grandeur to the Stooges' sweat and spit, with a deft, tender screenplay."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Anyone who has ever felt discarded, disenfranchised, or just plain dissed will find in Hedwig a lot to hook into."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"And they said the movie musical was dead."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
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