#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Walt Koontz, a homophobic guy, ends up with paralyzed vocal cords because of an unfortunate stroke. His therapy includes receiving singing lessons from a neighbor who is not only openly flamboyant but also a pre-op transgenderist. Both of them are equally prejudiced; Koontz against homosexuals and the neighbor against close-minded straight people.
Plot: An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons – with the drag queen next door.
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Offbeat movie with a point
Flawless’ is an offbeat story about Walter Koontz (Robert De Niro) an ex-cop who suffers a stroke and loses partial ability to speak. In an effort to regain some of his speech capabilities it is recommended to him that he take singing lessons. So he decides to ask his neighbor Rusty (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who is a female impersonator, to give him singing lessons. This is an unlikely pairing because Walter is a belligerent homophobe.
This film was written and directed by Joel Schumacher. His story, though peculiar, makes some powerful points. This is a story about hatred, bigotry and reconciliation. Walter learns through his disability who his friends really are, and who they are not. It seems that the people he hates treat him a lot better than the people he thought he loved. Ultimately, he is able to look past his prejudices to find the human elements that make him and Rusty not so different after all.
This was an excellent character study of both main characters, giving a lot of insight into the motivations and lives of each. Unfortunately, the story meanders too often to irrelevant characters and scenes that don’t really contribute much (like the Gay Republicans). Schumacher would have been better to concentrate on the relationship between Walter and Rusty rather than digressing so frequently into Rusty’s relationships with his friends.
De Niro was outstanding in this film. Not only was he excellent in the emotional portrayal of a man having to deal with a sudden debilitating stroke, but he was very realistic in his portrayal of the physical disability itself. The combination of his struggles to do the simplest of tasks and the obvious look of anguish and frustration on his face was poignant and affecting.
Hoffman brought a lot of emotional energy to his part, and his imitation of a drag queen was passable, though somewhat forced and unnatural. Wilson Jermaine Heredia, who played Cha-Cha, the winner of the Flawless contest, was a much more convincing queen.
I rated this film a 7/10. This is a good film that helps us understand that the remedy for the fear wrought of our differences is understanding, not hatred. In that respect it makes an important contribution. If cross dressing and blatantly gay themes put you off, perhaps you should defy your inclinations and see it.
Is there NOTHING???
Is there NOTHING DeNiro CAN’T do? Not to mention Phillip Seymour Hoffman!! Robert has been in my Top 10 List of Actors for many years, and now Phillip is climbing to be right at #10.
This movie sure pulls at the heart strings, and for me being a Gay man who’s grown up with similar figures in his life, I can’t help but love and feel warmed by the way these people handle the “Lot In Life” they’ve been given. “Happiness is but a choice away.” These characters show us how their choices were experienced, and hopefully it will help many others in their current choices.
Thank you, Robert! Thank you, Phillip! for giving us such great entertainment, and maybe a lesson or two along the way. 🙂
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 52 min (112 min)
Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director Joel Schumacher
Writer Joel Schumacher
Actors Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Miller, Chris Bauer
Awards 3 wins & 4 nominations.
Production Company Tribeca Productions
Sound Mix DTS-Stereo, DTS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length (6 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm (Fuji)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm