Gay Essential Films To Watch, Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots begin with a scene that cuts between two young boys, one who likes to dance in high heels when no one is around, and one who would rather be playing football as his father explains to him the importance of shoes to their family’s livelihood.

The film then cuts to present day, where the boy who had been interested in football, named Charlie (Joel Edgerton) is a grown man trying to keep his family’s shoe factory afloat after the passing of his father. On a business trip to London, he comes across a group of hoodlums harassing an old woman. After his failed attempt to intervene, he wakes up later in the dressing room of Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who is the adult incarnation of the boy seen in the beginning of the film.

Charlie becomes interested in the heels that Lola uses for her act, which can’t really support the weight of a man. This inspires him to start a niche product line at his company, and he ultimately brings Lola in as a consultant. At first, this causes friction in the work environment as the workers are mostly uncomfortable with this new presence, and additional stress comes from Charlie’s fiancée, who urges him to sell the company.

Things come to a head leading up to a debut at a Milan fashion show, and Charlie finds himself abandoned by everyone as he ratchets up the pressure on those he trusts. He is left with no choice but to strut down the catwalk himself in his new product, showing his commitment to his factory, which ultimately inspires Lola to return and save the day.

Kinky Boots

Critics

“This pleasant but predictable affair does one thing very well: showcasing the versatility of Chiwetel Ejiofor. The London actor can be seen as Denzel Washington’s detective sidekick in “Inside Man.” Watch him chomp down on a New York accent with Washington, and then watch him as Lola (a.k.a. Simon), a cabaret performer in makeup, wig and wild gowns. That’s acting.”
   Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

Kinky Boots is diverting, but it’s only worth shouting about thanks to Ejiofor’ quietly subversive take on what has become a stock movie character.”
   Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly

Did You Know?

The story of this film is actually inspired by real life events, following the turnaround of an ailing traditional footwear company in Northamptonshire that decided to produce Kinky Boots for the exact same reason. Years later, Broadway producer Daryl Roth helped to turn it into a stage show, featuring the music of Cyndi Lauper. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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