Seeing this film re enforced my admiration for DeNiro. What a class act this man is. He seems to pick roles that are emotionally deep and complex characters. Maybe he just brings the characters to life because of his acting...I don't know. Hoffman too is fabulous as the trashy female impressionist. His character is a cross between Divine and Sally Bowles.
The story of friendship between two very unlikely people who are diametrically opposed in just about every way. This movie is about friendship, love, shame, despair, pride and the circle of life. It brings together a group of friends who begin to like each other in spite of their sizeable differences.
It's strangly sad yet hysterically funny at the same time. Through all of the wickedly funny jabs, there is a deep undercurrent of angst. It's fascinating to watch these two actors go through this film.
This film deals with mature subject matter and may not be suitable for young children and those who are easily shocked.
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The story of Walt Koontz (De Niro), a bitter, homophobic security guard who suffers a stroke that leaves him partially paralyzed. Depressed and suicidal over his slurred speech and awkward limp, he eventually breaks down and asks a neighbor for singing lessons. The neighbor, an unglamorous drag artist named Rusty (Hoffman), is as uncomfortable and disgusted with Koontz's bitter demeanor as Koontz is with Rusty's lifestyle. Hoffman proves that he is one of the finest character actors currently working in films. FLAWLESS is a nice change of pace for Schumacher (BATMAN FOREVER, THE LOST BOYS).