Hedwig and the Angry Inch
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.
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- John Cameron Mitchell
- This movie is
- 2001 Sundance Film Festival®
- Audience Award: Drama
- Grand Jury Prize: Drama nominee
- 2002 Independent Spirit Awards®
- 2002 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
RAdult content, graphic language, mild violence, nudity, and strong sexual content
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; "Long Story Short: The Forging of a Cult Legend from Stage to Screen," original feature-length documentary; trailer; cast and crew information; select-a-song; additional DVD ROM features.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the main character in this energetic musical is a man who has undergone a botched sex change operation and lives life as a sort of drag queen rock star. Sexual dancing, innuendo, profanity, and tension thread through the entire film, including discussion of prostitution and oral sex. One scene includes brief, loveless intercourse where bodies are covered by a sheet, and another indicates an offscreen sexual act involving a hand. A couple scenes show male nudity from behind, and one segment shows illustrations of naked, non-sexual men and women.
- Sexual Content
- Lots of sexually suggestive content -- from clothing, to dancing, to plain sexual tension. All this is kicked up a notch because of the gender-bending issues. Nude male buttocks. One scene, under sheets, of main character thrusting into another character from behind.
- One semi-humorous restaurant brawl scene triggered by a hate word. Emotional cruelty. Some mild pushing. News footage of people running across East Berlin border and getting hurt.
- Frequent profanity -- mostly "f--k." One instance of "c--t," plus some slurs.
- Social Behavior
- The primary message is that everyone deserves to be loved.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Main characters drink frequently. Some peripheral smoking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it