The Birdcage
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Director Mike Nichols teams up with his former partner/screenwriter Elaine May for the first time in many years and for the first time together in films to create this sophisticated, remake of the phenomenally popular French musical farce La Cage aux Folles that stars Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman and Diane Wiest as two dramatically disparate couples who manage to reconcile their vast differences for the sake of their children who are getting married. Williams plays Armand Goldman, the owner of a popular South Beach drag club known for putting on elaborate showcases starring his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This isn't the supreme masterpiece it might have been, but Nichols's direction is very polished and some of the lines and details are awfully funny."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It doesn't so much champion diversity as celebrate conformity."
‑ , Time Out
"The Birdcage grossed nearly $200 million worldwide in 1996, and that is significant. Box Office Mojo says it's the highest grossing queer film of all time, though they're not counting Frozen and 300, and they probably should."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"At its core, it is about human relationships. They're extreme relationships, and they're cross-wired to get an electric reaction, but they're real characters nonetheless."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Colourful, camp, beautifully acted and brimming with gags, Mike Nichols The Birdcage sits comfortably in Hollywood's canon of unchallenging, 'It's OK to be gay' films."
‑ , Film4
"If The Birdcage isn't exactly the Mike Nichols-Elaine May movie of our dreams, it does manage to transform what was formerly a campy bit of French fluff into one of the loopiest, most hysterical family-values movies ever made."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"A glossy miscalculation with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Campy, comedic romp with lots of profanity."
‑ Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
"What might be a surprise, given the talents involved, is how relentlessly unfunny it is."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Shows no reason why it had to be made again."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Birdcage is a scream."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"One of those rare motion pictures with side-splitting laughs where the humor never stays dormant for long."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Robin Williams plays off of a flaming Nathan Lane with delicious understatement and anchors a farce that moves along at a brisk pace-with or without heels."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"It undoubtedly remains a genial crowd pleaser. If the dress fits, wear it."
‑ Caroline Westbrook, Empire Magazine
"If you like to laugh and laugh hard, don't miss this one. It's a genuine hoot."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
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