Based on the play La Cage Aux Folles, by Jean Poiret, Birdcage is the story of a gay couple, Armand Goldman, played beautifully by Robin Williams and Albert, equally as well played by Nathan Lane. Armand Goldman owns a popular drag nightclub in South Miami Beach. His long-time lover Albert stars there as Starina. “Their” son Val (actually Armand’s by his one heterosexual fling, twenty years before) comes home to announce his engagement to Barbara Keely, daughter of Kevin Keely, US Senator, and vice president of the Committee for Moral Order. The Senator and family descend upon South Beach to meet Val and his father and “mother…” and what ensues is comic chaos.
This film introduced us to the future Ally McBeal, Calista Flockhart as the young senetor’s daughter. Gene Hackman is superb as Senator Keely, an uptight conservative, and his wife played by the the great Dianne Weist is as entertaining as Hank Azaria who plays Armand & Alberts “houseboy”. Great film, great laughs. B+