I can’t tell you how many times I watched this film in college with my bestie. He and I lived for To Wong Foo, and it still retains fondness in my heart for the way it changed America’s perspective on the drag community.
Also, it has my queen, Rupaul.
The film follows three drag queens (played to perfection by Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguizamo) as they drive across the U.S.A. to compete in a drag beauty pageant in Los Angeles. Hijinks ensue, however, when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, and they are forced to live small town life for a few days.
Released in 1995, this film really pushed boundaries and perceptions of gender. The mid-90s had a default setting of homophobia, and mainstream Hollywood movies about the LGBTQA+ community was very, very rare. And yet, here’s a fun, flirty comedy starring three of Hollywood’s most popular actors as drag queens, and it opened at the number one spot. Swayze and Leguizamo were nominated for Golden Globes, and the film has now been cemented into LGBT culture. It’s a good watch if you’ve seen Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and it’s definitely worth seeing Wesley Snipes of Blade sashay in high heels.
To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar is available to watch on Netflix.