Movies From the Hat 7 – #18 – Kira’s Pick – The Birdcage (1996)

This is my 3963rd Review

Thanks to Kira of Film and TV 101  for this recommendation.


“You know, I used to feel that way too until I found out that Alexander the Great was a fag. Talk about gays in the military! ” – Albert

Number of Times Seen – at least twice  (Theater in ’96 and 12 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After getting engaged to the daughter of Senator, a young man must decide how to present his father to them since he is a the gay owner of a dance club and is married to a drag queen diva.

My Take on it – This is a film that I only saw once and am surprised that I forgot how funny it can be.

The cast is amazing with Robin Williams and Nathan lane working so well together as a “couple”.

They both know how to get the most of their characters and it shows here.

The story itself works quite well because they are able to constantly surprise us along the way especially by the direction that they take the subject matter.

The supporting cast is also great with Hank Azaria standing out as the “butler”.

In a role before she became familiar to everyone, Calista Flockhart is fine as the young fiancee but her character isn’t given much to really do.

Her conservative parents are played by Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest and both do great jobs in these roles since they are each meant to be intelligent and clueless at the same time.

The scene with the soup bowls is hilarious.

The dialogue is perfect and they manage to blend together social issues with humor n the right way for it to work.

Bottom Line – Hilariously done by Lane and Williams.  The story works really well and we are constantly surprised by the way that they handle to subject matter. Azaria is superb as the “butler” with Hackman and Wiest perfectly cast as the fiancee’s parents. Flockhart is ok here and this was well before she became popular to moviegoers.  The dialogue is perfect and they manage to blend both social issues and jokes really well here. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Mike Nichols required that Nathan Lane and Robin Williams filmed at least one good take of each scene sticking to the script before he would allow them to improvise (something both of the actors are known for). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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8 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat 7 – #18 – Kira’s Pick – The Birdcage (1996)

  1. Movie’s hysterical. Great last line. Hank Azaria nearly steals the show – and that’s saying something. Just saw Lane on Broadway last week – playing Roy Cohn in an 8 hour production of Angels in America.

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      • It’s actually in 2 parts. Each part, with intermissions – runs about 4 hours. Rather than make 2 separate trips into NYC – I saw the whole thing in one day. It was very good. Andrew Garfield was excellent. Didn’t seem like 8 hours. Then – 2 days later – I went back in and saw Denzel Washington in a 3 hour 50 minute production of “The Iceman Cometh”. That doesn’t count seeing Children of a Lesser God and Mean Girls the previous week. And 5 movies over the same time span.

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          • I was out of the loop on theater for a long time – because it got too expensive. But found a way to get more manageably priced tix and my youngest daughter got me back in (plus going to the stage door for autographs afterwards). I still prefer movies – but there is NOTHING like a live performance. Last year – I saw 104 movies in a movie theater – and 34 plays/musicals on and off Broadway. I think I work to finance my entertainment habit.

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