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Kinky Boots (2005)

Reviewed on 2007 February 9

Besides being a great story, and inspired by actual events, this movie is remarkable for actually making me feel sorry for a boss laying off employees.

Price Shoes is a family-owned Northampton factory that made durable, stodgy oxfords and wingtips for generations. They’re not exactly exciting shoes but a pair could probably be passed from father to son, much like the way the business had been passed amongst the men in the Price family. Harold Price (Robert Pugh) grooms his son Charlie (Joel Edgerton) to someday take over the business, but it looks like the chain may be broken, because Charlie wants a career in marketing.

When Harold dies, Charlie takes over Price with all the enthusiasm of a person taking a piece of fruitcake to be polite. His fiancee Nicola (Jemima Rooper) doesn’t seem to notice his reluctance, his malaise, or much of anything except a pair of Jimmy Choos in a chichi boutique. He finds out that his dad made some squirrelly decisions in the past, and people are eschewing the plain, sturdy oxfords for flashy Italian shoes. Price Shoes is failing. Charlie starts laying off people, feeling miserable about it, but not knowing what else to do. He doesn’t have any new ideas to take Price out of the red until he meets Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a drag queen that has a hard time finding boots that are durable or fabulous enough.

It’s an enjoyable movie. Edgerton does a good job of transforming Charlie into a man who knows what he wants, and Eijofor makes Lola charming, formidable and vulnerable all at once. The script was well-written and the characters were believable, even as they developed and changed. It’s worth a viewing just to watch Eijofor glide around in those heels.

Three chocolate morsels.

Shukti

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