The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Despite this drag queen music road-comedy being coarse, crude and silly, it’s still very entertaining and humorous. Honestly, it’s difficult to recommend this movie to a certain audience, so just check it out.


Two drag queens and a transgender woman hit the road and travel across the desert to perform for the homophobic and enthusiastic crowds around.

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Movie details

Director: Stephan Elliott
Cast: Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving, Terence Stamp, Bill Hunter, Rebel Penfold-Russell
Writer: Stephan Elliott
Release Date (Australia): 8 September 1994
Runtime: 104 minutes/1h 44m
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: Australia
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

Thematic content includes crude humour, homophobia and transphobia, and child sexual abuse.

Violence (PG)

The film contains depictions of punches and kicks.

Coarse Language (M)

The film includes frequent use of the word “f**k” and use of the words “s**t”, “**shole” and “twat”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film includes drug references throughout.

Sex (M)

The film contains sexual references in the form of a woman performing a strip tease and verbal references to sexual acts using the word “f**k” in a sexual context.

mpaa rating

R (for sex-related situations and language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

A funny, watchable and diverting 100 minutes of LGBT entertainment coming from excellent lead performers and fun situations scattered throughout; doesn’t have any necessary purpose or true reason behind it. As a result, it’s a film that some people will absolutely love, while others will hate it or find it okay-but-forgettable, making it extremely difficult to recommend to a certain audience.

Fabulously written and superbly directed by Stephan Elliott, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is an Australian music-comedy focusing on two drag queens and a transgender woman traveling across the desert and performing in front of homophobes and enthusiasts. The concept could easily work out for anyone, except for homophobes, but it’s more about the execution that’ll either impress you or displease you.

Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving and Terence Stamp are completely unrecognisable, yet perfect in their very Australian-vibe roles. It also just feels so fun just to sit down and watch an Aussie movie, this one being set throughout the bright-coloured desert and living up to the Aussie stereotypes (in a healthy and non-controversial way). The biggest thing to say about it is that it feels like an Australian movie, and for the genre, it’s near-perfect. This is just another opinion that didn’t mind it, yet found it lacking of any real purpose that critics have said it’s placed in their minds.

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