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Kinky Boots (2006)



Critic Consensus: Kinky Boots relies heavily on the Full Monty formula of Britcoms, while playing it too safe in a desperate attempt not to offend. Ejiofor's performance is its redeeming virtue.

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Charlie Price faces the impending shut down of the Northampton shoe factory that his family has owned and operated for generations. Just when he feels that all is lost, he has a chance encounter with Lola, a flamboyant transvestite cabaret star. Lola's desire for stylish, kinky boots for herself and her colleagues provides a glimmer of hope for the factory and its employees.

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Joel Edgerton
as Charlie Price
Robert Pugh
as Harold Price
Geoffrey Streatfield
as Richard Bailey
Leo Bill
as Harry Sampson
Joe Grossi
as Organiser
Josh Cole
as Tramp
Mark Haddon
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Kinky Boots

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (40)

Overall, it's breezy, forgettable fluff, but 'kinky'? Obviously, the term is relative.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

...If you've seen The Full Monty (or Waking Ned Devine or Calendar Girls or Billy Elliot) then this film's surprises will be few and far between, although no less pleasant for it.

May 27, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

You'll giggle and laugh and never look at those things on your feet the same way again.

May 26, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

It's a predictable and preachy stab at a comedy with heart, and its subversive silliness is eclipsed by an overwrought humanity.

May 19, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's a feel-good movie that happens to dress in drag.

May 18, 2006 | Rating: B

Oh, do come in, love -- welcome to the Twee Brit Comedy Factory.

May 13, 2006 | Rating: D

Audience Reviews for Kinky Boots


The premise of the film isn't all that hilarious as it's about a shoe factory in England that's restructuring. Sure, the adage of a drag queen business partner and emissary doesn't hurt, especially when they're played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Ejiofor can sing, he can dance, and he really pulls off the character of Lola, a smart, funny, and lovable queen from London who helps a down and out shoe factory owner start making heels for men. The best parts have Lola in them, and without her this film would not be interesting. All the supporting characters are droll, as well as our lead character Charlie (Edgerton). Charlie's0 life seems inconsequential to the rest of the film, including his entire romantic relationship with Lauren (Potts), not helped by his slack jawed expression. When there are heels and divas onscreen it's a good time, which is why this film prompted a Broadway musical to boot.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

The ecstatic dance Lola does in the beginning of this movie is so uplifting the movie could've ended there as far I'm concerned. But the rest of the story is worth sticking around for too.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

Based on an actual fetishism boot and shoe factory in England. Not sure why it took me 8 yrs. to catch this movie that I have heard so much about, but I am sorry now that it did. I found this a charming, perfectly delightful movie. It was fun, the acting was very good, and just totally enjoyable! Now it is a stage musical? Would LOVE to see it! :)

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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