(2021) (Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Musical: A teen throws all caution to the wind, but must deal with the repercussions, as he follows his dream of becoming a drag queen.
It's the sixteenth birthday of Jamie New (MAX HARWOOD) who lives in Sheffield, England with his divorced mom, Margaret (SARAH LANCASHIRE). While Jamie's dad (RALPH INESON) doesn't show up to help him celebrate -- what with disowning the teen due to being gay, a choice Margaret has kept secret from their son -- Margaret's best friend, Ray (SHOBNA GULATI), helps them celebrate, including seeing his reaction to his gift of ruby red high heels.
They're aware of his desire to become a drag queen one day, something his best friend and classmate, Pritti Pasha (LAUREN PATEL), soon learns. But his flamboyant ways don't sit well with class bully, Dean Paxton (SAMUEL BOTTOMLEY), or their teacher, Miss Hedge (SHARON HORGAN), who advises her students not to dream too big regarding their future jobs. Undeterred, Jamie decides he's going to come out -- in full drag -- at the school prom, and thus visits a clothing store run by former drag queen, Hugo Battersby (RICHARD E. GRANT), who ends up as the teen's mentor.
As they prepare to get him ready for that, Jamie must contend with the reaction of others, all while hoping that his estranged father will be proud of him.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Fans of the musical might be interested in seeing it, while kids who are bullied by others might be drawn to the story of someone like them.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For thematic elements, strong language, and suggestive material.
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