Movie Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

John Cameron Mitchell directs and stars in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (A), a raucous rock musical about a transsexual lounge singer brought to America by a military man and given a botched sex change operation. Abandoned and left with the “angry inch” of the musical’s title, Hedwig sings about finding her other half in some incredible rock ballads such as “Origin of Love.” Up-tempo punk rock numbers take on a Ziggy Stardust quality as Hedwig starts to follow her muse on a concert tour, singing her pop hits “Wig in a Box,” “Midnight Radio,” and many more. The film is campy fun as karaoke bouncing balls and animated sequences dot the music sequences so viewers can sing along or participate. Part backstage musical, part poignant portrait of broken hearts and part love letter to that special someone, the film is a tender take on how you can make the most of the pieces you’ve got and rock out with the rest!

I've reviewed films for more than 20 years. Current movie reviews of new theatrical releases and direct-to-video or streaming films are added weekly to the Silver Screen Capture movie news site. Many capsule critiques originally appeared in expanded form in my syndicated Lights Camera Reaction column.

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