Queer Cinema That Doesn’t Suck
#8. To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
This movie, featuring Patrick Swayze as one of the greatest on-screen drag queens of all time, is a radical reversal of a classic Western formula, in which the good guys roll into town and get rid of the bad guys with their macho toughness and phallic gun slinging. In Too Wong Foo, three queens save a small town through femininity rather than masculinity, helping the citizens to self-actualize by embracing the full spectrum of gendered embodiment. Can you tell I wrote a paper about this movie for Women’s and Gender Studies?
Just kidding, I don’t go outside