#Birdcage – Review – #ThrowbackThursday

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Birdcage – Budget of $31 million – 1 hour and 58 minutes

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Birdcage
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Armand Goldman is the director and owner of a club called Birdcage.  His partner, Albert “Starina” Goldman is the star drag performer at Birdcage.  Albert’s diva ways often clash with Armand, but they put on an amazing show each night.  Although Albert can be over the top, Armand believes he has everything under control.  Until Val (Armand’s sone) returns from college with shocking news.  He has asked Barbara Keeley to marry him and they want their parents to meet.  But Val has one major concern.  Barbara’s parents are ultra, right-wing conservatives and her father is a Senator.  To make matters worse, Senator Kevin Keeley’s running mate died with an underage, African American prostitute in his bed.  The Keeley’s home is flooded with reporters.  At first, Kevin thinks the marriage is a bad idea but his wife Louise tells him to spin it.  Make it a white wedding to promote purity and family; the public’s attention will be redirected from scandal and towards love and family values.  After considering this, they agree to meet with Val’s parents.  Once Val learns the Keeley’s are coming, he delivers another blow to his father.  First, Albert will have to go somewhere else.  The Keeley’s don’t know he has 2 dads.  Second, they have to redecorate the house to make it more “manly”.  Third, they have to hide their Jewish faith.  Armand agrees to help Val and breaks the news to Albert.  However, the appease the Keeley’s, Armand will need a wife.  So, who better to call than Val’s long-lost mother, Katie.  Once the Keeley’s arrive, followed by paparazzi, things get to a bumpy start.  However, when Katie is stuck in traffic, Albert must give the drag performance of his life.

Based on La Cage Aux Follies by Jean Poiret and Francis Veber, this movie is still relevant to today’s issues (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  However, the amount of shade thrown in this movie is amazing.  It’s easy to sit back and laugh.  But when Albert and Kevin start to talk, they shockingly agreed on topics.  This proves that even though they were different, they had similar feelings on some topics.  While this movie does give a conclusion, it felt like the movie was building up to something that never happened.  The ending was a little flat.  This is a decent classic with a lot of relevance.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

That’s all I am to you, a meal ticket – Albert

Stop flattering me. It’s cheap – Armand

It’s aspirin with the “A” and the “S” scrubbed off – Agador

Tell me it’s alright – Val

No, I’m between husbands – Katie

See, we’re on our way to salvation – Louise

I wish I could be a part of your family – Barbara

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