The title comes from the inscription on a picture—autographed by the Catwoman actress herself—that playwright Douglas Carter Beane saw hanging on the wall of a Chinese restaurant in Manhattan. In Beane’s screenplay, three drag queens (Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo) liberate the photo and take it with them on their road trip. As in the similar (and similarly long-titled) The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the three big-city drag performers find themselves stranded by automotive trouble in a small town that apparently has no cable TV subscribers to Bravo or Logo. Lessons about tolerance and not judging a book by its fabulous cover are duly dispensed before the trio leave town, on their way to a meeting with destiny and the real Julie Newmar. The movie earned a decent $50 million in 1995, but today, it’s remembered mostly for that title, and for proving that it would take more than drag to derail the careers of macho leading men like Snipes and Swayze.
Movies with Long Titles
- Glut’s in a Name
- Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx
- The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
- Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
- To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar
- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
- The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?
- Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?
- Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet, and I’m Feeling So Sad
- Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)