Kinky Boots

Britcoms don’t exactly tax the viewer. Like romantic comedies, they are predictable almost down to the line. Still, like romcoms, finding one that does it well is as refreshing as a nice cup of tea.

The obligatory working class northern town is Earls Barton in Northamptonshire. That’s not terribly north by Northern standards, but as Lola points out, anything north of Tottenham Court Road is practically a foreign country to a Southerner.

The obligatory workplace-in-peril is a shoe factory, owned for generations by the Price family. Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton) inherits his father’s factory, and fights to save the business from closure when the market for well-made traditional brogues dries up.

The obligatory flash of unorthodox inspiration comes in the shapely form of Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a flamboyant drag queen who has trouble with her vertiginous heels. This plants the idea in Charlie’s mind that there’s a market for sturdy footwear for male cross-dressers, and thus he plans to corner that niche and save the family business. It’s loosely based on a true story.

The obligatory love interest forms the triangle between Charlie, his horrible materialistic girlfriend Nicola (Jemima Rooper), and his sweet and clever colleague Lauren (Sarah-Jane Potts). You know exactly how this will turn out.

Kinky Boots was poorly received and criticised for being “formulaic”, which takes no account of the great performances and wonderfully warm and witty dialogue. It’s a sweet, rather old-fashioned film that’s a lot more charming and likeable than most of its ilk.

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