The Birdcage

In this flaccid remake of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, Robin Williams and Nathan Lane play Armand and Albert, a middle-aged couple whose life together would be a model of bourgeois domesticity if they weren't both men. They're thrown into a tizz when their son -- he's actually Armand's kid, but Albert might as well be his mother -- announces his engagement to the...read more

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In this flaccid remake of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, Robin Williams and Nathan Lane play Armand and Albert, a middle-aged couple whose life together would be a model of bourgeois domesticity if they weren't both men. They're thrown into a tizz when their son

-- he's actually Armand's kid, but Albert might as well be his mother -- announces his engagement to the daughter of a right-wing senator (Gene Hackman) who champions "family values." The Ozzie and Harriet of the drag set agree to play it straight for a night with the prospective in-laws, and tediously predictable complications ensue. Unsurprisingly, the film rests on grotesque stereotypes of gay men (though it tries to have it both ways by flogging a simplistic plea for tolerance). What might be a surprise, given the talents involved, is how relentlessly unfunny it is. But this drag comedy is aimed squarely at middle America, where these cuddly queens should play very well -- just so long as nobody remembers that gay people don't just sing show tunes and cook delightful meals; they also have sex.

MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)
MYKAL-MICHELLE HARRIS, ARICA HIMMEL, ETHAN WILLIAM CHILDRESS

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