Glenn Kenny
February 02, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Wigstock: The Movie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
RuPaul, Joey Arias, Deee-lite
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B

Held in Manhattan’s West Village on Labor Day weekend, Wigstock is a daylong festival that essentially celebrates drag queens. It’s such a lively, colorful subject for a documentary that you’d think it would be a surefire winner. But Wigstock: The Movie doesn’t go there — the skimpy treatment of the event is so underwhelming on the video screen, it must’ve seemed that much more inconsequential in an actual movie theater. While it’s certainly not a chore to watch, this movie manages to capture only about a tenth of the event’s energy and diversity, and gives very short shrift to its origins and its context — a community saying yes to life in the face of bigotry, AIDS, and more.

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