|FLAWLESS (director/writer: Joel Schumacher ; screenwriter: ; cinematographer: Declan Quinn; editor: Mark Stevens; music: Bruce Roberts; cast: Robert De Niro (Walt Koontz), Chris Bauer (Jacko), Skipp Sudduth (Tommy), Scott Allen Cooper (Ivana), Rory Cochrane (Pogo), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Tia), Barry Miller (Leonard Wilcox), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Rusty), Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Cha-Cha), Nashom Benjamin (Amazing Grace), Vincent Laresca (Raymond Camacho), Karina Arroyave (Amber); Runtime: ; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Jane Rosenthal; MGM; 1999)|
|"There's nothing flawless about
by Dennis Schwartz
message comedy about tolerance for others. It's
written and directed by the underwhelming filmmaker
Joel Schumacher ("The Phantom of the
Opera"/"Phone Booth"/"Batman and Robin"). The
schematic personal comedy is outdated and
De Niro stars as a homophobic security guard in
NYC. One day he gets a stroke and the drag queen
played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, his
upstairs neighbor, nurses him back to health by
giving him singing lessons as part of his rehab
therapy and eventually also cures the man's bias.
There's a subplot involving stolen mob money by the
drag queen to pay for a sex-change operation.
nothing flawless about this clunker.
REVIEWED ON 1/14/2016 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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