Film: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Yeah, that about sums it up.
"That's just what this country needs: a cock in a frock on a rock."
This movie stars Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, and Terence Stamp as a spectacularly camp trio of drag performers who travel across Australia in a converted school bus named "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert". Hugo Weaving plays Anthony "Tick" Belrose, a.k.a. Mitzi Del Bra. Guy Pearce plays Adam Whitely, a.k.a. Felicia Jollygoodfellow. Terence Stamp plays Bernadette Bassenger, birth name Ralph.In the wake of Bernadette's husband's death, Tick agrees to do a drag gig for his estranged wife in Alice Springs, bringing Bernadette and Adam along with him. Along the way they crack stereotypically cutting jokes, reveal secrets about themselves, drink themselves stupid, party with a camp of Aborigines in the desert, meet an Asian woman with interesting talents and pick up her repairman husband Bob for the ride, experience intolerance and danger from violent locals, and, of course, practice their drag show.
Provides Examples Of:
Accidental Marriage: Bob married Cynthia, an Asian sex performer, when he was drunk and had no memory of having done so when he woke up the next day.
Brick Joke: When the trio launches Priscilla, their going-away party drowns out a ceremony announcing a girl who plans to run across Australia. The girl shows up twice later in the film, once just after the bus takes a short cut, and again when she runs right past the group and takes no notice of them.
Burlesque: Cynthia. Ping pong balls are involved. (Let's leave it at that.)
Camp Gay: Adam. And Tick as well, but much less so.
Played with in a flashback, where Adam stops his uncle from molesting him by pulling out the drain. While the build-up isn't played for laughs at all and is appropriately disturbing the funny part is how Adam thwarts his uncle.
Freudian Excuse: Subverted with Adam. As the flashback progresses, it seems that Adam will be traumatized by his uncle tricking him into giving him a handjob as his uncle takes a bath...but instead of reaching under the water for his penis, Adam pulls the plug on the bathtub, sucking his uncle's balls into the drain. When the uncle tells him to get help, Adam just screams "No!" in his face.
His and Hers: Upon learning that Tick is married, Adam says that he "would have bought you a lovely matching set of Hers and Hers bath mats."
I Always Wanted to Say That: Felicia agrees to go along on the road trip because of a lifelong dream to "stand on top of Kings Canyon as a queen". Bernadette summarizes this as "a cock in a frock on a rock".
Laughing Mad: Adam, running for his life from a pack of very pissed off hard men in Coober Pedy, laughs hysterically.
No Bisexuals: Averted: Tick's wife Marion, and Tick himself to some extent (though he denies it).
Nobody over 50 Is Gay: Averted in universe. Bernadette is obviously not that young, nor really is Mitzi. Hugo Weaving was only 34 when the movie was made, but male pattern baldness made him look considerably older.