Parents' Guide to

AJ and the Queen

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Language and mature humor in charming drag comedy.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
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As sweet/tart, charmingly acerbic, and frequently bonkers as its star, this throwback to 1980s unlikely-buddy comedies is predictable, preachy, and surprisingly delightful. RuPaul isn't above lecturing the audience, and a few of AJ and the Queen's plotlines are absolutely ludicrous (c'mon, Ru's being stalked by baddies that include an eyepatch-wearing villainess called Lady Danger?), but the chemistry between Ru's Ruby and the foul-mouthed 10-year-old stowaway AJ is so perfect that even cynical viewers may find their emotions stirring. Izzy G. can really act -- the moments when her tough-kid armor falls away and she cries about her tough life like the grade schooler she is are positively heartrending -- and watching a supportive relationship grow between her and Ruby is affecting.

Of course, there's at least one full-length flawless lip-synch moment in each episode, and one should definitely question Ruby's judgment for blithely ferrying a child across state lines, but a comedy that plays out in tawdry dressing rooms and gay bars and different towns connected by long highways navigated in an RV festooned with wigs is fun. Ridiculous fun with heart, Michael Patrick King, we may forgive you for Sex and the City 2 after all.

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