The Birdcage

BBB.5

(out of 5)


Hysterical adaptation of the popular French comedy classic La Cage Aux Folles isn’t as well written as the original, but is still provides plenty of good laughs.   and  are a couple who are delighted when son  appears at their South Beach home for a visit, announcing that he is getting married. The trouble is his fiancee (, right before Ally McBeal brought her fame) is the daugher of a conservative Senator (), and by the time he and his wife () get to the paternal parents’ home for a visit, Williams and Lane will have had to “straighten” the place up a bit. Getting everyone into the act, the two zany comedians change their furniture, buy a new wardrobe, put away their makeup and pretend that the sexy dance club below their apartment belongs to someone else. Everyone in the cast, down to the smallest part, brilliantly brings Elaine May’s dialogue to the screen with zest, but the writing finds itself without an ending and concludes abruptly. However, the sight of Hackman in the final scene is worth the money, and if you like a good laugh you’ll be sure to enjoy this colourful film.


USA, 1996

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the screenplay by , , , , from the play La Cage Aux Folles by Jean Poiret

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1996

Golden Globe Awards 1996

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