Overall Rank: 8121
Average Rating: 2.5/4
# of Ratings: 24
Theatrical Release Date: 11/24/1999
Genre: Drama, Comedy
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Joel Schumacher
Actors: Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Miller, Chris Bauer, Rory Cochrane, Jude Ciccolella
Plot: Walter (Robert De Niro) is a homophobic policeman who suffers a stroke while responding to gunshots in his own apartment building; for speech therapy, he starts taking singing lessons from his neighbor Rusty (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a gay drag queen who's saving up money for a sex-change operation. -- filmfan09
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filmfan09 - wrote on 01/21/2009
Robrt De Niro stars as a retired homophobic New York police officer who suffers a stroke that leaves him partially paralyzed and with a severe speech impairment. His doctor recommends singing lessons to help him improve the clarity of his speech. He truns for help to his neighbor (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a flamboyant pre-operative transsexual who is also a drag performer. They soon discover that although they are each deeply prejudiced against one another, they also have a great deal in common.
De Niro's performance is a technical challenge, since through most of the movie he dosen't talk clearly or walk very well. Philip Seymour Hoffman, who I found spectacular gives a perfomance here has a nice bittersweet rhythm with De Niro thats just alittle too colorful with it's settings and …
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