The Birdcage

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Released 1997

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Director:
Mike Nichols
Released:
1997
Rating:
R
The Birdcage is a comedy film directed by Mike Nicholas that is a remake of the French film, La Cage aux Folles, that centers on a newly engaged couple, Val Goldman (Dan Futterman) and Barbara Keeley (Calista Flockhart), as they take the steps to have their very different families meet. The first family dinner is always a tough one but it's especially tough when Barbara's father is an ultraconservative Republican Senator (Gene Hackman) and Val's father, Armand Goldman (Robin Williams), owns a drag club, the Birdcage, in South Beach with Val's other father Albert (Nathan Lane) as the star. Unsure of how to handle things, Val decides to have Armand seek out his birth mother, Katherine Archer (Christine Baranski), tries to redecorate the apartment in a ÒstraighterÓ fashion, and tries to get Albert out of the house with the help of their flamboyant housekeeper Agador (Han Azaria). Things don't quite work out as Katherine's stuck in traffic, Albert's dressed up as a middle aged housewife, Agador's meal is a disaster, and the paparazzi are stalking the club to figure out why the co-founder of the Coalition for Moral Order is having a meeting at a drag club. It's a humorous look at what happens when anything that could go wrong does.moreless

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dysfuntional families, father and son, gay couple, characters with double lives, temper tantrum