Film Review: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)

To Wong FooStarring: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo
IMDb synopsis: Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.
(Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114682/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)

My verdict: I had never watched To Wong Foo, and Michelle knows how much I love The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, as outlined in my last review, so she decided to show me it. I really loved it! It’s still sad to see Patrick Swayze on screen, such an amazing talent, taken too early. Having grown up watching Dirty Dancing more times than is healthy as a teenage girl, Patrick Swayze will always hold a special place in my heart. He is fabulous in To Wong Foo, as the stunning drag queen Vida Boheme. Vida ties in first place in the “Drag Queen Of New York” contest with Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes), and together they journey to Hollywood to take part in the “Miss Drag Queen of America Pageant”. “Drag princess” Chi-Chi Rodriguez (John Leguizamo) tags along, though disaster befalls them and their car breaks down, eventually leaving them stranded in the small town of Snydersville. The rest of the film documents their time in Snydersville, which is sadly inhabited by a small bunch of locals who don’t take too kindly to Vida, Noxie and Chi-Chi. Will they make it Hollywood in time? You’ll have to watch!

Rating: 5 glittery ballgowns out of 5

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5 thoughts on “Film Review: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)

  1. I prefer it to ‘Priscilla’ myself, though the music is perhaps better in the Australian film. Shame about the title though. Only people my age really remember Julie Newmar. She was a great Catwoman in the TV version of Batman. (She is still around, now aged 82.)
    Hope you are well.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks Pete, I love how she appeared at the very end of the film at the beauty pageant final. They are both great films, but I agree that it’s a shame that more people don’t realise that Julie Newmar is an actual person.

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