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Birds of a Feather (La Cage Aux Folles)

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Synopsis

The manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and his star attraction, are a gay couple. Madness ensues when his straight son brings home a fiancée and her ultra-conservative parents to meet them.

Cast

  • Ugo Tognazzi
  • Michel Serrault
  • Michel Galabru
  • Claire Maurier
  • Rémi Laurent
  • Benny Luke
  • Carmen Scarpitta
  • Luisa Maneri

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Metacritic

88

This is basically the first sitcom in drag, and the comic turns in the plot are achieved with such clockwork timing that sometimes we're laughing at what's funny and sometimes we're just laughing at the movie's sheer comic invention. This is a great time at the movies.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
80

Later remade as The Bird Cage, this first adaptation of Jean Poiret’s play is as moving as it is hilarious in its depiction of moral hypocrisy and familial love.

Metacritic review by Christopher Machell
Christopher Machell
CineVue
60

Without challenging viewers’ notions of how gay men behave, the film shamed its homophobic characters while showing a loving family headed by longtime same-sex partners who are embraced by their community—boas, makeup, and all. Albin and Renato were onto something. It was the rest of the world’s job to catch up.

Metacritic review by Keith Phipps
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve