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Kinky Boots

Elijofor strong in drag romp
By PEG ALOI  |  April 24, 2006
2.5 2.5 Stars
Kinky Boots From director Julian Jarrold (BBC’s White Teeth) comes a working-class romp with the best drag performances since The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of theDesert. Charlie (Joel Edgerton) inherits his father’s ailing shoe factory in Northampton just as he and fiancée Nicola (Jemima Rooper) are about to move to London. Feisty cobbler Lauren (Sarah-Jane Potts) urges him to make changes, not fire staff. But how to reinvent boring brogues? Enter Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things) as Lola/Simon, a drag queen who can’t find stilettos that support her bulk. Charlie and Lola clash and collaborate, and Nicola’s love of Jimmy Choos doesn’t jibe with Charlie’s new-found working-class ethic. It’s all predictable; yet by the time we’re in Milan, with Ejiofor strutting to Kirsty MacColl’s “In These Shoes,” we’re on sure footing.
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