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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Poignant queer musical brims with wit, adult themes.

Movie R 2001 91 minutes
Hedwig and the Angry Inch Movie Poster: John Cameron Mitchell, in character, sings passionately into a microphone

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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+
age 14+

For parents and teens who like gay musicals

The mythology that Hedwig borrows for "The Origin of Love" positively interprets queer experiences of longing, love, and identity as natural and equal to the experiences of straight people. I recommend this for adolescents who are curious about queer lives: their parents, their friends, their own. It is a musical, a love story, a bildungsroman (I love the irony of this), and a piece of modern mythology.

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What started as a cult success off Broadway translates surprisingly well on-screen -- perhaps because Mitchell, who wrote and starred as Hedwig onstage, also directs and stars here. In Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Mitchell portrays the titular character with poignancy -- someone who's both cruel and vulnerable, desperate and hopeful. The film uses illustration, flashbacks, surrealism, and music to create a unique story that's fun to watch, at times hilariously witty, and touching, too.

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