All reviews all the time! Home   Movies   Music   Video Games
4 DVDs 49 cents each!  |  Rent Dvds- Free Trial  |  Buy Movie Posters  

 Search Amazon
  Browse Movies 

 Browse by Genre 

 Other Movie/Video Review
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

movie reviewmovie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Starring: John Cameron Mitchell, Andrea Martin
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Rated: R
RunTime: 91 Minutes
Release Date: August 2001
Genres: Comedy, Gay/Lesbian, Music

*Also starring: Miriam Shor, Sook-Yin Lee, Ben Mayer-Goodman, Alberta Watson, Michael Pitt, Stephen Trask

Reviewer Roundup
1.  Steve Rhodes review follows movie reviewmovie review
2.  MrBrown read the review movie reviewmovie reviewmovie reviewvideo review
3.  Harvey Karten read the review ---
4.  Edward Johnson-Ott read the review movie reviewmovie reviewmovie review
5.  Scott Saul read the review movie reviewmovie reviewmovie reviewvideo review

Review by Steve Rhodes
2 stars out of 4

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, starring John Cameron Mitchell, who also writes and directs, is a musical comedy/drama about a transvestite singer. With a big blonde wig and eight coats of make-up, Hedwig Schmidt (Mitchell) is initially funny. But with it's thin narrative, based on Mitchell's off Broadway play, the story doesn't have much to offer save its one, recurring visual joke of Hedwig belting out songs in nondescript salad bars and coffee shops, whose patrons don't know what to make of Hedwig and his band. Few are impressed, and most just stare, which was about my reaction to the movie. To be fair, comedy is a very personal medium, and the stranger on my left laughed constantly.

In flashbacks, we learn that Hedwig, then known as Hansel, was born in Germany at the time of the building of the Berlin Wall. The product of an East German mother and a GI father, he had a trying childhood. The movie's best scene occurs when the 6-year-old Hansel (Ben Mayer-Goodman) is shown jumping up and down on his bed, acting like a rock star as he listens to the American Forces Network on the radio. When Hansel gets older, he kind of changes sex and marries a GI just like mom did.

Another subplot concerns Hedwig's troubled romance with a big rock star, Tommy Gnosis (Michael Pitt). Throughout the film, they cut back to crudely drawn animations in order to illustrate various points. These drawings left me as cold as the rest of the movie. Perhaps if I had liked the music, which I didn't, I could have enjoyed the film. As it is, all I can say is that Mitchell does throw his heart and soul into the production. I just wish that the result had more to offer than a promising beginning.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH runs 1:35. It is rated R for sexual content and language and would be acceptable for older teenagers.

The film opens nationwide in the United States on Friday, August 3, 2001. In the Silicon Valley it will be playing at the Camera Cinemas. The movie was shown recently at the Camera Cinema Club ( of Los Gatos and San Jose.

Copyright İ 2001 Steve Rhodes

More reviews:    Main  2   3   4   5   Next >>
Featured DVD/Video
Star Wars Episode II
buy dvd

buy video

read the reviews

In Affiliation with
Buy movie posters!

Home | Movies | Music | Video Games | Songs | | | Columbia House | Netflix

Copyright İ 1998-2002
Privacy Policy |  Advertising Info |  Contact Us