“Kinky Boots”

Kinky Boots

By Jae-Ha Kim
Amazon.com
September 21, 2006

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.

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