It's a drag when gender bending comedies go bad
By S. James Snyder, Special to Metromix
For a male comedian, it’s often the surest path to a laugh: Don a wig, slip on a dress and stumble around in high heels. Actors in drag have been an entertainment staple since the silent era, and plenty of performers—from Dustin Hoffman (“Tootsie”) to Nathan Lane (“The Birdcage”)—successfully crossed genders in characters both humorous and heartfelt.
Sadly, such subtlety is hardly the norm. Most gender-bending turns are sloppy and stupid, aimed at the lowest common denominator. The latest offender appears to be Adam Sandler, playing both a brother and sister in the comedy “Jack and Jill.” Judging by its ad campaign, the movie seems to skewer women as naggy, clingy and passive-aggressive.
In honor of Sandler’s dishonorable looking work, we’ve compiled a few of Hollywood’s all-time worst drag acts.
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