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Kinky Boots

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Inspired by a hilarious true story, this refreshing, feel-good comedy comes from the hit-making team that brought you CALENDAR GIRLS! For generations, the Price family has made very sensible, very conservative shoes for men. But to save the business from imminent bankruptcy, young Charlie Price turns to an unlikely new creative consultant: a sassy cross-dressing cabaret singer whose outrageous style and wild designs are a breath of fresh air in the stuffy old factory! Fun and original, it's a must-have movie that proves the best way to fit in is to stand out!

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When you are a tall strapping man who dresses like a woman for a living, finding a pair of sexy but durable shoes can be worth your weight in gold. Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor)--a drag queen also known as Simon--finds her shoe salvation in straight-laced Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton), who has inherited his father's shoe factory. Unable to pay the bills making traditional loafers and wingtips, Charlie agrees to make Lola a pair of kinky boots that turn out to be so fabulous the pair end up going into business together. They face a few obstacles, such as the bawdy union workers who aren't too keen on taking orders from a drag queen who's more of a man than they are. Then there's Charlie's posh real estate girlfriend, who wants to convert the factory into pricey condos. While the movie doesn't provide any real surprises (or even any scenes as suggestive as its title might suggest), the English film (which is loosely based on a true story) is highly entertaining that will delight fans of both comedy and shoes. --Jae-Ha Kim

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Julian Jarrold
  • "The Real Kinky Boots Factory" featurette
  • "Journey of a Brogue" featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joel Edgerton, Sarah-Jane Potts, Nick Frost, Linda Bassett
  • Directors: Julian Jarrold
  • Writers: Geoff Deane, Tim Firth
  • Producers: Mairi Bett, Nick Barton, Peter Ettedgui, Suzanne Mackie
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,800 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GFLE1S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,532 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kinky Boots" on IMDb

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By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 17, 2006
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Even if these boots aren't exactly made for walking, they do look stylish. Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton) must take over the family shoe business when his father dies. He discovers that the company is failing badly. He finds salvation of sorts when he meets drag queen and cabaret singer Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor from "Serenity" proving his versatility in this role). Lola complains about how the footwear she wears is so poorly designed. Lauren (Sarah-Jane Potts) a former employee has a brainstorm--goes into men's fetish footwear. In other words, women's shoes that men (whether they be drag queens or not) can wear. Suddenly Charles has a niche market to work with and success comes unexpectedly comes knocking at his door. Unfortunately Charles must deal with his fiancé's (Jemima Rooper) disapproving attitude and the prejudice of his own employees before success can be fully his.

An amusing and poignant film that has just the right mix of drama in it, "Kinky Boots" was inspired by a true story. The performances are uniformly excellent throughout with a star making turn from actor Chiwetel Ejiofor as the transvestite Lola. He's not exactly a beautiful transvestite but quite convincing in the role.

With a transfer that has the sheen and texture of leather "Kinky Boots" looks quite good with minimal digital artifacts. Although some of the darker scenes don't have quite as much detail as they should the overall look of the film in this transfer is quite good with accurate color, skin tones and detail. The 5.1 mix sounds good but most of the action and dialogue (not surprisingly) occurs in the center speaker and two front ones.

We get an observant and fact filled commentary track from director Julian Jarrold, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joel Edgerton and Sarah-Jane Potts.
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"What can I do?" Charlie asks his employee, Lauren, when he's firing her. "The men's shoe market is gone."

"Go out and find another market," she tells him.

And he does.

At first that market doesn't sit too well with his Northhampton working class employees, but when they realize this is their last hope of keeping their jobs and the Price Shoe Factory alive, they dig in.

What are they making? Kinky Boots---don't think of them as shoes, but as tubes of sex...

And those sexy shoes are for men, women, and folks who haven't made up their minds yet. Their lead designer is a young drag queen "Lola" aka Simon, who is still learning who he is as well.

There are lessons about both life and business in this film. If I were teaching a management course, I'd be showing this along with the "Prince," because "Kinky Boots" teaches a lot about thinking outside of the box, engaging your workers, keeping their pride, and finally--doing what you have to do to keep the dream alive.

I'm glad I purchased this film and will strongly recommend it to friends.
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How come British films seem to do more with less? Chiwetel Ejiofor is absolutely spot on in this upbeat, fun movie about trials and triumph. Of all his performances this one is my favorite. Ejiofor paints a realistic and empathetic picture of Drag Queens that will make you laugh and cry (well...maybe not cry). Get out the popcorn, sit back and enjoy because this one is a pleasure over and over again!
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Heartwarming and full of personal courage, this is also a fun and wacky movie, based on a true story. The fashion runway scene at the Milan shoe show is worth the price of admission alone.
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Personally, I found this movie absolutely delightful., And even more so since I discovered that it was based on a true story that has since become a bona fide Broadway hit, deservedly so. There is definitely something about British film productions like this one that is, far too often, lacking in Hollywood musical extravaganzas, and the name of that "something" is "charm". But the best part about it was, from the very beginning to, what was to me, a perfect finale, it left me chuckling and feeling good. While I can't say this about many movies these days, this one took me back to the pre-television days when I was just a ten year old kid because, in my opinion, it was just plain uncomplicated fun. Some cirtics have siad it was slow moving in parts, but I didn't find it so. The plot deals with what some people might consider a complicated adult theme involving a "drag queen somwhat reminiscent of Robin Williams in "The Birdcage". Again, I found it delightful and watching
it tomight was certainly an everning well spent.
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Funny, poignant, mind and heart expanding, very sweet and totally entertaining. Chiwetal Ejiofar was absolutely fantastic. I had no idea that the very manly guy I've seen in "The Martian" and "2012" among others could sing, dance and play a very convincing role as a drag queen entertainer. He really is a major talent and can play any kind of role. Joel Egerton, also delivers a great performance as a guy who can't quite fit in to the role everyone expects of him and finally finds his place when he meets Lola and together along with the great cast of shoe factory workers save his family shoe factory by going out on a limb and creating something out of the main stream. And, it is a true story!
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