Last night the movie Road House (1989 with Patrick Swayze) was on AMC. I try to watch classic movies that I’ve never seen before and thought Road House fit into that category. Wow, was I wrong! I’m glad I didn’t spend the $4 to rent the thing. But in the process of trying to figure out why the critics liked it so much (and subsequently discovering they didn’t), I was reminded of my favorite Patrick Swayze movie of all time which is laugh out loud funny: To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. John Leguizamo’s role as Chi Chi is the reason we went to see the animated flick, Ice Age. (Leguizamo does the voice of Sid, the loveable sloth. He provides much of the comedic relief for both Ica Age and To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.)
If you ever thought that Patrick Swayze was kind of a pretty boy, you won’t be surprised to know that he makes a very convincing (and good looking!) woman, when provided with the correct equipment and makeup (as does John Leguizamo, although Wesley Snipes is the sort of woman you wouldn’t really want to meet anywhere, much less a dark alley).
I know that some of my Christian brethren will be rather squeamish with a movie about drag queens travelling across the country on their way to a big drag queen competition with an autographed picture of Julie Newmar in hand for good luck (Yes Virginia, there is a Julie Newmar), but reminiscing about To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar was the only way to salvage a review about Road House.