Pageant (2008)

This documentary by Stewart Halpern takes a look at the Miss Gay America pageant in which 52 men strive to create the most seamless and convincing illusion of feminine beauty. With all hormone and surgical enhancements banned from the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009
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Martin Tsai
Village Voice

Pageant sorely misses the socioeconomic context of Paris Is Burning, which took seven years to complete. When one of the film's subjects indeed becomes Miss Gay America 2009, Davis and Halpern-Fingerhut's camera has long since stopped rolling.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

This classicism is not without its charm, and it's touching, in a goofy sort of way, to see how seriously everyone takes it.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A diverting and uplifting experience.

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Christian C
Illuminating -- not just the kitsch one might expect. A worthwhile exploration of the people who compete in drag beauty contests.
jay nixon
Interesting doc
Sunil Jawahir
Pretty interesting and a very casual documentary.