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4.5 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner
  • Directors: Beeban Kidron
  • Writers: Douglas Carter Beane
  • Producers: Bruce Cohen, E.J. Foerster, G. Mac Brown, Mitchell Kohn, Walter F. Parkes
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • VHS Release Date: July 1 2001
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0783217048
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,244 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)
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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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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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This movie left me a little cold. It seemed to be corny humour and not really the type that I like. It was nice to see a strange side of the actors but they really needed to do better with the comedy
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"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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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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Although critics have scrapped it as a Priscilla rip-of, it isn't. This movie has a different story to tell. Three drag queens set off to Hollywood to compete in the Miss Drag Queen America Pageant (There really is one you know) and in the process, discover their fabulousness and strengths. Patrick Swayzee is the demure Vida, an unsinkable optimist with a caring heart who is like the mother to this trio. Wesley Snipes is too wonderful as Noxzema Jackson, a sassy black queen who learns to reach further outside of herself and to trust again. John Leguizamo is Chi-Chi a fiery Latino "boy in a dress" who learns that it takes heart, strength and "having a foundation closer to my own complexion" to become a full fledged drag queen. This movie is an American Fable that guts, inner strength and a fabulous outlook can pull you through the bad times and that there is more love in this world than we think. Let go your perceptions and trust your heart, the movie says. We all want to be loved and beauty is more than looks--it is determination to live your dreams. Overall, Wong Foo is a gem, an overlooked movie with wonderful performances. Look for Stockard Channing who plays an abused wife who finds friends from unlikely places and her own voice. Also features cameos by Robin Williams and the one and only "statuesque" Julie Newmar.
Watch this movie and try not to use the word heartwarming.
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The movie itself is still great (but not a great as The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) but the DVD version is disappointing.
When I found out that it was going to contain deleted scenes, I was hoping that they would have been included in the movie. Instead they group them together as an extra. Granted after watching those scenes, it was understandable why they were deleted and/or changed. The only scene I would have added is when the "girls" are driving up the mountain and the car stalls and a truck was barreling down on them.
I have always enjoyed this movie. Wesley Snipes is hysterical as Noxeema Jackson (Jessie's daughter). His one liners and acid like tongue were perfect. Patrick Swayze was very matronly as Vida Boheme. The too tall drag queen that still has her driver's license with the name of Eugene on it. John Leguizamo was the most brilliant of everyone. He was so outrageous and razor edged funny (not to mention you had to think if it was really a woman playing Chi-Chi). He was the struggling would be drag queen who describes herself as the "Latino Marilyn Munroe-I got more legs than a bucket of chicken."
Basically the movie is your typical need to be accepted and proving the odds wrong.
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