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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Geat Show Feb. 23 2014
By Frank
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Thedvd arrived in excellent shape - and I enjoyed the movie immensely... A+++ I highly recomend this film to Patrick Swayze fans anywhere....
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By Frances
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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 of funny and emotional and dealt with a couple of good points, from spouse abuse to the emotions to people who live this on a daily basis. Very well done
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS Nov. 6 2013
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie Sept. 29 2013
By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely funny and a good all around movie! Oct. 22 2012
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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. If you like comedy, you have to get this movie. It's not just funny but has a great storyline and keeps you interested until the end.
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars a silly movie........ May 30 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Okay.. when you look at the cover for this movie..you must be thinking "i would watch this because? "... And I thought that too when my two friends and I saw it at the video store... But it was there.. and we just HAD to watch it.. It looked so stupid lol.. And we watched it.. and for some reason.. We would laugh at everything... Maybe we were acting stupid.. but it was a fun experience.. and we STILL watch it ocasionally... because for some reason.. we can't stop laughing.. I think its one of those silly movies that you got to get a group of your close friends and watch it.. But I dont recommend it if you are searching for a serious, oscar worthy movie lol.. Just to make new memories... And after your done watching it.. you can think "WHAT DID I JUST WATCH? "
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh no girlfriend, did you just do a ue? March 18 2004
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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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