La Cage Aux Folles
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An international comedy sensation based on a successful French stage play, La Cage aux Folles depicts the farcical chaos that results when a gay man attempts to pose as straight for the benefit of his son's future in-laws. Renato (Ugo Tognazzi) owns a popular nightclub and is the long-time lover of Zaza (Michel Serrault), a female impersonator who is the club's main attraction. Unfortunately, Renato's son Laurent (Remy Laurent) has told none of this to his future father-in-law, an important figure in a morally conservative political organization. Not wanting to ruin his son's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Charming and frothy, the movie proves to be about as tame as any old-fashioned bedroom farce, which of course went a long way toward allowing it to be embraced by Americans who generally steered clear of foreign films, gay films, and gay foreign films."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"At once dated and timeless."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"How The Birdcage ought to be done and first was done."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The plot is really quite simple and the finale hilarious, true, but it's in the sincerity of the two primary characterizations that the movie succeeds."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"As an artifact, La Cage Aux Folles remains fascinating. As a film... Well, it plays like a fascinating artifact. Though pokily staged up to its final act, it manages some real laughs."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"Fun & gay, literally, based on hit Broadway show."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Le Cage Aux Folles is a giddy French farce."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Renato and Albin shared the same hopes and fears as heterosexual parents and (were) both willing to sacrifice anything for the sake of their child."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Of all the versions, imitations, and sequels, the first 1978 French picture is the best and funniest, a fresh look at machoism and drag queens; the gay couple is superb."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Love the screenplay."
‑ Luanne Brown, Chico Enterprise-Record
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