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To Wong Foo, Thanks for..

Wesley Snipes , Patrick Swayze , Beeban Kidron    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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This clunky road movie about three drag queens (Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguziamo) who get stranded in a sleepy Nebraska town on their way to a beauty contest, is too uplifting for its own good. Released during drag's mid-'90s heyday when RuPaul and the Wigstock documentary were all the rage, To Wong Foo aimed straight for the mainstream with its inoffensive camp and "can't we all get along" moralism. While gay-activist groups howled about straights getting the lead roles in To Wong Foo, in the end the filmmakers really couldn't have done better than this trio of actors. John Leguziamo provides real sass and bite as a Latino (or should we saw Latina?) drag queen, and Wesley Snipes is surprisingly fierce as the imposing leader of the pack. Saddled with a cloying Southern accent and off-kilter wig, Patrick Swayze barely holds his own with his costars, though. To Wong Foo is best viewed as a cultural artifact of a time when it seemed as though drag could rule all tomorrow's parties. --Ethan Brown

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4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven but when it's good it's GREAT April 24 2004
Format:DVD
"To Wong Foo" seemed horribly miscast when you found out who was in it ... I mean, John Leguizamo had done drag before, proving himself to be very convincing and most definitely in touch with his "feminine side" -- but Wesley Snipes and Patrick Swayze??! Two macho movie stars pulling off parts as drag queens on a road trip?
But then you saw the movie ...
The three men do excellent jobs, Wesley Snipes in particular a total surprise in his role as Noxeema Jackson, drag queen with Attitude. Swayze, as Vida Boheme, is the "lady" of the trio who can get down and dirty when she has to -- and Leguziamo as Chi Chi Rodriguez is nothing short of perfection.
The plot is simple: At New York's Drag Queen of the Year contest, Noxeema and Vida tie for the crown. The title comes with a free airline ticket to Los Angeles, to compete in the Drag Queen of America competition, and the two "girls" couldn't be more excited. But then they meet little Latin Chi Chi Rodriguez, whose drag queen self-esteem was not at all helped by losing this competition. Vida, the kind of person who always believes in helping those less fortunate, talks a VERY disgruntled Noxeema into selling their plane tickets ... and using the money instead to buy a cheap car and drive to the L.A. contest. The night of the win, Vida spots an autographed photo of Miss Julie Newmar on the wall of the reataurant they are dining in, and reads the inscription: "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar". For those not in the know ... for years actress/model Julie Newmar, best known for her role at Catwoman on the tv series "Batman," has had rumors floating around saying that she's a drag queen in real life -- not a woman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh no girlfriend, did you just do a ue? March 18 2004
Format:DVD
Nothing but praise for this great flick! Let's face it, while it may not be a movie that George Bush would ever watch (mind you if he did he could learn a thing or two about love and acceptance). I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to watch a great movie. Even after seeing it over five times I still laugh out loud and get a kick out of all three "ladies"! Robin Williams is hilarious and RuPaul makes a surprise visit! Rent it today and you will be glad you did!
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By M. Hart
Format:DVD
One year after the success of the 1994 Australian film "The Adventures Priscilla, Queen of the Desert", Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures joined to produce the 1995 American version, "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar". Like the Australian film, which featured a trio of drag queens traveling across the rugged Australian outback from Sydney to the isolated resort of Alice Springs in a pink bus, the American version featured its own drag queen trio traveling from NYC to Los Angeles in an aging yellow Cadillac convertible; but the similarities end there. The drag queen trio featured in the American version was Miss Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes), Miss Vida Boheme (Patrick Swayze) and Miss Chi-Chi Rodriguez (John Leguizamo). After Noxeema and Vida share the title of a drag queen contest, they invite (with Noxeema's reluctance) Chi-Chi to join them to participate in a national contest in Los Angeles. Not having enough money for all three to fly to Los Angeles from NYC, Vida convinces them to instead use their winnings to purchase a car that all three could travel in. The film's title comes from an autographed picture of Julie Newmar that Vida steals from a restaurant and places in the used yellow Cadillac convertible that the trio purchases. Similar to the Australian version, the car breaks down along the way, forcing the trio to stay a few days in a small, languishing town. There, they meet the town's assorted residents that include hotel owner Carol Ann (Stockard Channing), her abusive husband Virgil (Arliss Howard), Beatrice (Blythe Danner), the polite Bobby Ray (Jason London), Merna (Melinda Dillon), Loretta (Beth Grant), the aging Clara (Alice Drummond) and restaurant owner Jimmy Joe (Mike Hodge) to name a few. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and moving... Jan. 24 2004
Format:DVD
Miss Vida Boheme (Patrick Swayze) and Miss Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes) are the proud winners of a New York Drag Queen contest. After the event they bump into Miss Chi Chi Rodriguez (John Leguizamo), who is very upset that she hasn't won the contest.
The two drag queens are convinced to take Miss Chi Chi with them to compete in the national drag contest however; their prize for winning the local one was only two plane tickets to Los Angeles. They decide to give up their plane tickets and travel by car so the three of them can go.
On their way to Los Angeles, they encounter Sheriff Dollard (Chris Penn), who pulls their car over because one of their rear lights is out. When he asks to see Miss Vida's license, she obviously tries her best to get out of it without having to show the license, bearing in mind the name on her license is Eugene and drag wasn't exactly an acceptable thing in Middle America back then. The officer takes Vida to one side and starts trying to get fresh with her, believing she is a real woman. When he reaches up her dress and grabs a hold of her manhood, he suddenly finds himself shocked and flat on his face unconscious in the middle of the road.
The three get out of there pretty quickly as they do not really want to face the wrath of an embarrassed sheriff who is sure to want to arrest Vida for rendering him unconscious. They manage to get a little further until their car breaks down. Now they are stuck and their only way forward is for Chi Chi to try and hitch a ride.
A nice young lad, Bobby Ray (Jason London) pulls up to pick up Chi Chi at the side of the road and is quickly convinced to take her two friends with him too. He takes them back to his home town, a very small town where everybody knows everybody.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Geat Show
Thedvd arrived in excellent shape - and I enjoyed the movie immensely... A+++ I highly recomend this film to Patrick Swayze fans anywhere....
Published 6 months ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Swayzy and Wesley Snipes are great at acting like women
two macho men playing women and doing an excellent job!

Watched it for the very first time and it was quite enjoyable, will watch again soon
It had a good mixture... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Frances
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS
It's a great movie, great message, great cast, and overall a great gift for anyone struggling to find and accept themselves in a judgmental world.
Published 9 months ago by jacqulyn
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie
My wife loves this so I picked it up one day at good ole Amazon who has EVERYTHING!!! We laughed we cried just the usual stuff. The movie IS hilarious.
Published 10 months ago by Bootsy Bass
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely funny and a good all around movie!
This movie is just plain hilarious to see these three macho men actors play drag queens is a riot! It's a fun-loving funny/drama movie. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mathew Raynes
4.0 out of 5 stars couldn't believe it
when I first saw this movie I was surpised that they could get Wesley Snipes and Patrick Swazye in dresses. I loved this movie.
Published on April 16 2009 by peaches
3.0 out of 5 stars It was alright.....
when I went to Wal-Mart and seen this movie in the DVD trash bin for $4.99. I said "Yeah the the hell! Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2005 by I. abraham
3.0 out of 5 stars good clean drag queen fun
The plot is weak, but John Leguizamo played Chi Chi so brilliantly I actually forgot he wasn't a woman. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Biggots beware, This is a funny movie and it's entertaining!
I totally enjoyed this film. It was funny, honest, out of control and off the wall. The actors all did very well with the rolls however Snipes was a bit rough for the roll. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2003 by T. Hulse
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