Picks and Pans Review: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
The makers of this comedy seem to have exhausted their imaginations by thinking up the marathon-length title. It refers to a souvenir photo stolen from a Chinese restaurant by three gay New York City cross-dressers (Snipes, Swayze and Leguizamo) just before they set out on a cross-country drive to Hollywood. En route, the trio's car breaks down in a small midwestern town, where they come to the aid of, among others, Channing, in a one-dimensional role as a battered wife.
With his slight build and soft features, Leguizamo makes the most convincing ersatz female. Swayze, who tries hardest to act like a woman, bears a resemblance to both Valerie Perrine and Kathie Lee Gifford. Snipes, clearly the funniest, evokes both Pearl Bailey and Garrett Morris. But Wong Foo mostly provokes renewed appreciation of 1959's Some Like It Hot, a cross-dressing movie with wit and brains behind it. (PG-13)