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Stage Mother

Director: Thom Fitzgerald

Courtesy of: Film Mode Entertainment | Comedy | Drag | Gay | LGBTIQ | Music | Queer | M | 93 | USA | 2019

Synopsis

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When conservative, Texas church-choir director Maybelline (Jacki Weaver) inherits her recently deceased son’s drag club, she surprises her closed-minded husband and everyone else she knows by moving alone to San Francisco to save the club from bankruptcy. In this raucous, racy new environment, she begins to open up and find new meaning for her life, even becoming a mother-figure to the club’s flamboyant performers …until a surprise visit threatens to upend her new life. Thom Fitzgerald’s lyrical comedy-drama boasts a fiery supporting cast, including Lucy Liu, Adrian Grenier, Mya Taylor (Tangerine, PSIFF 2015) and drag superstar Jackie Beat.

Review

“Jacki Weaver is excellent in this colourful culture-clash comedy which … offers a welcome message about the power of love and acceptance.”

– Nikki Baughan, Empire


“This tale of a small-town Texas matron who inherits her estranged son’s San Francisco drag bar offers up smiles, tears and glitter … crowdpleaser that hits all funny-sad beats right on cue.”

– Dennis Harvey, Variety


“The drag shows have dazzling costumes and fun music — when the finale hits, it’s the kind of over-the-top moment you might expect, with an emotional impact you won’t.”

– Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media

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