Favorite movies: The Birdcage (1996)

“Yes, I wear foundation. Yes, I live with a man. Yes, I’m a middle- aged fag. But I know who I am, Val. It took me twenty years to get here, and I’m not gonna let some idiot senator destroy that. Fuck the senator, I don’t give a damn what he thinks.”

Guys, do yourself a favor and listen to The Birdcage from the next room.

I’m serious. It’s one of the greatest movies ever to begin with, but if you JUST listen to it and keep the TV out of sight, you’ll soon realize the other phenomenal take on this story.

The main character, Genie from Aladdin

and his long-time spouse, Timon from The Lion King

(who happen to run a drag club together)

have a son, the recently de-closeted nerd from Will & Grace.

He’s trying to get married to Ally McBeal

but they have a problem: Her dad, General Mandible from Antz

is a narrow-minded asshole and wants to stop her. Luckily her mom, Peg from Edward Scissorhands

wants to meet the family to give them a chance.

In their desperation, Genie calls Martha May Whovier from The Grinch to help him pass as straight.

And from there hilarity ensues. Bonus shenanigans come from Genie and Timon’s housekeeper Hispanic!Bartok, whose accent occasionally dips in and out of half the cast of The Simpsons.

Okay okay I realize you can do this sort of thing with basically any movie out there, but I promise you, The Birdcage is especially good at it. Even one Genie/Timon scene is enough to make the experience worth it. Just try it ONE time, I promise you’ll have a blasty-blast.