Friday WatchAlong: Short, Faith Restoring, Happy! The Birdcage, Strictly Ballroom, or Dhanak?

I’ve decided, we need something super optimistic and happy and awesome this week! And also short, because I am in the final stretch of Packing That Will Not End.

The Birdcage

Hands down most loving happy funny heartwarming family film EVER! Also, has dance numbers! And costumes! And Robin Williams!!!

Strictly Ballroom

Magical, romantic, dance and song and loveliness. It’s incredibly good.


Small charming children! Shahrukh Khan as savior! Pretty pretty sand dunes!

Which one do you want? And if it is a heartwarming movie under 2 hours, would you rather watch it late Friday afternoon or early Saturday or some other time?

6 thoughts on “Friday WatchAlong: Short, Faith Restoring, Happy! The Birdcage, Strictly Ballroom, or Dhanak?

    • It’s such a good movie! My parents showed it to us when we were kids and I remember my Mom having a long conversation with the movie store clerk in which they both agreed it is RIDICULOUS that it is labeled “R” when it is clearly a family movie to be watched with your children. It really is ridiculous, I am sure if it came out today it would be a Disney Channel Friday Movie Night or something.

      On Tue, May 18, 2021 at 6:22 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  1. From the preview you posted I was wary, suspicious, distasteful of Birdcage. I wasn’t interested in seeing dated stereotypes about gay couples. But after I saw that Rachel loved it, I looked into it, and despite the surface stereotypes very present in that preview, most reviewers say it is by far more wonderful than terrible. And I’ve never seen it. I’ve also never seen Dhanak. And I love Strictly Ballroom. I don’t know my schedule yet, but I think I can make anything work.


    • When I first saw The Birdcage I identified with the son and his fiancee. I rewatched it maybe a year ago with the family and I identified with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams, and the son seemed rude. Nathan Lane is over the top but they’re sincere, real people, and we get enough back story to understand why they live the life they do.


      • When I first saw The Birdcage, I was watching it with my parents and probably 10 or 11. And I was shocked at the son, because he was SO rude, I would never treat my parents like that. As a kid, the idea of yelling at my parents or demanding things from that was just shocking. Watching it again a little older, I could understand the selfishness of the college student, trying to make his own way and figure himself out. But ultimately I think the value of the film is that Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are always treated as parents and their son should be kinder and more respectful to them simply because they are his parents. Does that make sense? The ultimate lesson of the film is, the people who brought you up with love and support deserve your love and support in return.

        On Tue, May 18, 2021 at 10:02 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • I am tempted to make you watch The Birdcage! It’s about family and love and the sacrifices parents make for their children and the children who blindly accept them.

      On Tue, May 18, 2021 at 9:41 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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