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Kinky Boots


Source: Catholic News Service

Slickly made, well-acted tale set in central England of a stodgy young man (Joel Edgerton) who, to save his inherited shoe factory from ruin and keep its workers employed, cultivates a more profitable niche market by hiring a transvestite (the versatile Chiwetel Ejiofor) to design boots sturdy enough to be worn by drag performers, despite opposition from his practical-minded girlfriend (Jemima Rooper). Director Julian Jarrold's offbeat film -- inspired by a true story -- is fun but uneven, and fits the mold of British films about ordinary folk whose unsatisfactory lives take unexpected new directions, thereby giving them purpose and transforming them into better people. Admirable lessons of tolerance aside, the cross-dressing element will not be to every taste. A few instances of profane, rough and crude language, sympathetic portrayal of a transvestite character, some vulgar gestures, sensual onstage movements, men almost kissing backstage, and an implied premarital relationship. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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