Connie and Carla (2004) – Ten years prior to Connie and Carla, this would have felt bold and progressive as a concept, because it would have beaten out The Birdcage by two years. Connie and Carla borrows heavily from other, more inventive movies (The Birdcage, Some Like it Hot, Victor Victoria), feeling more like a movie looking over another movie’s shoulder to cheat on a test rather than as any kind of homage. It’s not a bad movie by any means, just unoriginal.
Incidentally, Nia Vardalos never really looks to me like an actual drag queen (although I suppose that’s its own kind of drag). Toni Collette at least seems to fully embrace drag makeup.