To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
  • PG-13
  • 1h 48m
  • 1995
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Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo and Wesley Snipes star in this hilarious adventure about three transvestites on the cross-country road trip of a lifetime. On their way to Hollywood for a drag queen beauty pageant, Vida (Swayze), Chi Chi (Leguizamo) and Noxeema (Snipes) get stranded in the tiny Midwestern town of Snydersville. Determined to make the best of a bad situation, the “girls” set out to repair the broken hearts, broken dreams and broken nails of the small-town residents during one wildly outrageous weekend.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar seeks to celebrate individuality, but is too timid and predictable to achieve its admittedly noble aims.
Emanuel Levy

A politically correct comedy about drag queens? This is the American response to the superior Auss...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew

Leguizamo's Chi Chi is the only one who looks anything like a drag queen, let alone a woman; yet w...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin

Kidron's direction stays flat even when the actors are funny. It doesn't help that the screenplay,...

June 17, 2017
USA Today
Susan Wloszczyna

It's a glam-o-rama party until the trio hits the road. Suddenly, Wong Foo is all cross-dressed wit...

June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Drag-queen road comedy has some stereotypes, language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar is a comedy road trip movie about three gay men who are drag-show performers and who also wear drag in everyday life. Sexual content includes some speculation about men having sex with men, a few brief kisses, some flirting, and mildly sexualized drag personas. The differences among "transvestite," "transsexual," and "drag queen" are explained. Domestic abuse is implied when a man throws a stew pot across the kitchen, his wife has a black eye and cries frequently, and sounds of violence like slamming furniture and shrieking are heard off-camera in another room. A sheriff tries to kiss and grope a man in drag, gets pushed to the ground, and is left for dead. Strong language isn't frequent but includes the "N" word, "spic," "d--k," and some profanity in Spanish that's not translated, like "pendeja" and "culo." A few scenes take place in bars, and one scene in a home shows wine drinking and drunken behavior. The three main characters are diverse and model strong bonds of friendship, loyalty, mentoring, and helping others. Positive messages are about accepting yourself, not worrying what other people think, and appreciating life's beautiful moments, even if they don't last long. Expect some stereotypes.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:September 8, 1995
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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