Jamie is already out and contemplating what he wants to be after graduation. He’s grown up in a small, blue collar town where most kids are looking at joining the business of their parents. His best friend is the only Muslim in class and she wants to be a doctor. They’ve banded together for protection against the bullies and hecklers. His parents are split, Mom has a girlfriend, Dad is remarried and is embarrassed by him but Jamie is oblivious to that fact, as well as others. Once he decides to actively pursue his dream to become a drag queen, the movie takes off.
Much of the film is told by way of song and it’s done well. Many of the tunes are reworked from the stage version done in 2017. Max Harwood and Sarah Lancashire are good as mother and son and Lauren Patel is exceptional as the feisty best friend.
Singing, dancing, acting - it’s all reminiscent of Billy Elliot and earlier feel good musicals from MGM, except for the subject. There’s not a bunch of political wokeness being hammered repeatedly. Attention is more focused on relationships between people that are supposed to love, care and accept each other and how to get thru when that system breaks down.
In the end, this is a feel good movie that runs the full gamut of emotions from broken to victorious 🍿