The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

This lighthearted, candy-colored Australian comedy hasn’t aged particularly well, what with its abrupt transitions and occasional editing missteps, but there’s an angry and heartbroken edge right beneath the surface that makes the experience surprisingly emotionally compelling. While the material – both comedic and cultural – is rather tame overall, the central concept (that of three drag performers traveling through the Australian outback en route to a performance venue) feels distinct and brave given the regressive attitudes towards homosexuality and transgender issues still very much prevalent at the time of its release. Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce make a likable trio, and there are enough great moments to bring a smile to the face of just about anyone.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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