Combustible Celluloid
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With: Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jemima Rooper, Nick Frost, Linda Bassett, Sarah Jane Potts
Written by: Geoff Deane, Tim Firth
Directed by: Julian Jarrold
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, and for language
Running Time: 106
Date: 10/07/2005

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1 Star (out of 4)

Agony of the Feet

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

BBC veteran Julian Jarrold directs this utterly vapid distillation of a "true story," crammed into the tired old Full Monty formula. When his father dies, Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton) feels guilty, gives up his new life in London and takes over the financially-wobbly family shoe factory in Northampton. In an unlikely coincidence, Charlie meets a drag queen, Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who complains of ill-fitting boots. From there, it's not hard to picture the inevitable runway show in Milan, populated by sassy, strutting drag queens. Unfortunately, Lola is only for show. Completely de-sexed, she has no love life or physical attractions to speak of. Meanwhile, we're supposed to care as Charlie dumps his conniving big-city fiancée (Jemima Rooper) for the small town charms of his co-worker (Sarah Jane Potts).

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