Hedwig and the Angry Inch
2001
After a botched sex-change operation, East German glam rocker Hansel (John Cameron Mitchell) becomes Hedwig and travels across the United States with a stage show, following her ex-boyfriend (and former band mate) and telling her life story. Hedwig's offbeat show slays audiences -- but in diners not clubs. Mitchell also wrote and directed the comedy, which won at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for several Independent Spirit Awards.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

What can I praise about this that hasn't already been said about either the film or the stage musical? It's worthy of the buzz, a tour of the varied emotions that make up the gay experience in the post-glam era for many. I'm usually one of the visibly uncomfortable people trapped in the audience by an insensitive, in-your-face performer who likes to get a rise out of his targets, but with that behavior confined to a fictional film, it's a lot of fun to be in on the joke. The songs are deceivingly complex, my favorite being the one performed in the ice cream shop with the Korean backup band ("Hedwig's Lament"?). Those with zero interest in glam rock and the gay experience need not apply, but for most audiences this one's a delight.

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