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The Birdcage: Classic gay movie
Fun, frolics and family in fabulous South Beach
I think I could watch just about any comedy that features two of my favorite actors, Robin Williams (Armand) and Nathan Lane (Albert), but when they appear in a movie as a gay couple, that's completely irresistible and this movie is hilarious.
Because it's set it in South Florida (where I live) then for me, it just can't be beaten.
A family dilemma
The plot is simple enough to begin with - girl meets boy and they wish to marry. Easy. But the problems (and the fun) arise when the couple realize that their parents have to meet. Of course they do. Every engaged couple have to introduce their parents to each other - they are going to be related by marriage. But it isn't quite straightforward in this case.
Let's have a look at the parents of the happy couple.
- Her father is a Republican senator who is highly involved in maintaining the morality of the country. This opinions and views can be imagined
- His father is gay Jew who owns and runs a South Beach drag club
Ah. You can tell already that this is going to be fun. It's already obvious that there are going to be problems there.
As if the fathers aren't enough to contend with, then we have the mothers.
- Her mother is exactly the sort of woman you'd expect to be the senator's wife. Homely, pleasant and looking forward to her daughter marrying into a respectable American family
Aha. If she's looking forward to a good society family, she's going to be in for a huge shock.
The prospective groom has two mothers:
- He has never met his biological mother as he was the result of a temporary dalliance between his father, Armand, and a young actress
- Therefore he considers Albert, his father's long-time lover, to be his mother
Ah-ha. The groom's parents are two gay men. This could be tricky for any family but could be disastrous for the senator.
So the fun starts
Both Armand and Albert want to do the right thing by their son and are determined that when the senator and his family arrive, they too will seem to be a Republican, 'respectable' family. This is easier said than done. There are several factors that get in the way:
- The fact that the couple live above the drag club where Albert is the star performer
- Their manservant Agador Spartacus who walks around the home almost naked
- Their home is decorated with many items that show the couple to be openly gay
- Most importantly, Albert can't 'do' masculine; he just can't. Don't miss the clip in the video below when he tries
Can they get out of this mess?
They can indeed but I'm not going to spoil the fun for you. You'll love the way this film develops as we see Armand and Albert trying to fool the family.
Add to the complications that the senator is being followed by reporters who are looking for any transgression from his moral stance and you'll get an even better idea of the fun in store.
I don't want to give the game away - you'll enjoy the movie so much more - but the video trailer below will give you some idea about how truly funny this film is.
The great thing about owning the soundtrack - you probably find this too - is that when I listen to the music, I automatically run the scene from the film in my head. This makes the music deliciously funny!
Robin Williams was truly one of the greatest movie actors, especially when in comedy roles.
As you know, sadly he died in August 2014. The world was incredibly shocked to hear the news and our sadness was tinged with the knowledge that we would never again see him perform in new movies.
We thought that he had plenty of years in front of him and that he'd continue to treat us to more of the magnificent films that he was so famous for.
This was not to be.
I think that we all hope that this lovely man has found peace at last and we thank him for all the pleasure he has given us for so many years.
© 2013 Jackie Jackson