Stage Mother (2020)

Thom Fitzgerald directs Jacki Weaver, Lucy Liu and Adrian Grenier in this comedy-drama where a grieving Texan mother inherits her estranged drag queen son’s cabaret bar on the backstreets of San Francisco.

Feels like something made twenty years ago. Gently entertaining and a fine showcase for Weaver who almost never gets the lead role. Nearly every big emotive subplot (drug addiction, abusive partners) is resolved the very next scene after it is established and the drag queens are simplistically presented as adult children who just need love and attention (which is a little insulting)… But you kinda know the film’s heart is in the right place even it often can’t manoeuvre gracefully in the ungainly heels it has put on.

5

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