Become a Premium Member | Only $2 a month

► You're making sure we survive
► Exclusive previews
► No more ads


Kinky Boots [2005] [PG-13] - 3.3.5



Although our site is very popular, the current economic climate has reduced our revenues just when we need extra security to prevent attacks from hackers who don't like what we do. If you think what we do is worthwhile, please donate or become a member.


Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

 [more »]

Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
1 to 10


» Official Site
» IMDb Listing

Based on a true story: a traditional men's shoe manufacturer in the English town of Northampton must either close due to lack of sales or find a new market. When the owner's son finds an unusual niche -- women's boots for cross-dressing men -- and decides to go all or nothing, those around him have trouble appreciating his idea. With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joel Edgerton, Sarah-Jane Potts, Jemima Rooper and Ewan Hooper. Directed by Julian Jarrold. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss. Two men dressed as women caress each other.
 A man makes a remark to a man dressed as a woman, and the man who's dressed as a woman sits on his lap and speaks in a deep voice making it clear that he is a man; the man who made the remark appears embarrassed. A man makes a crude sexual remark to a man dressed as a woman. A man admires a man dressed as a woman as he walks by.
 A man pulls a small whip out of his boot, cracks it in the direction of a woman and invites her to dance with him (they dance and hold each other close). A woman sits on a man's lap.
 A man measures the leg and foot of a man who dresses as a woman, and other men who dress as women watch them with interest.
 A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A man wakes up in the dressing room of a man who performs dressed as a woman (we see the man bare-chested while dressing, and putting on make up and a bra). Men dressed as women sing and dance on a stage (their outfits reveal thighs). A man wears thigh-high boots and boxer shorts and walks on a fashion show runway.
 A woman has a date with a man, and when her fiancé finds out he is very jealous and hurt.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Three men hassle a man who's dressed as a woman, they shove him against a fence, another man approaches trying to break it up, and the victim steps on the foot of one of the men, and swings a boot to strike another man but accidentally knocks the man who's helping him in the face (he falls to the ground unconscious).
 A man wearing high-heeled boots walks on a fashion show runway, falls off the boots, lands on the floor and appears to be unconscious.
 A man makes a reference to drinking to kill his pain. A man and a woman argue and the man threatens to fire the woman. We hear that a man has died and see people grieving at the funeral. We hear that a man was disowned by his father and not forgiven even on his deathbed.
 A man yells at a man dressed as a woman and is abusive. A man and a man dressed as a woman arm wrestle.
 Two men urinate in urinals and one does not wash his hands. A man has a scar on his forehead. A man stumbles out of a pub (he is drunk).

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 10 sexual references, 4 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, name-calling (stupid), 9 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Two men drink shots of vodka, a man drinks vodka in many scenes, people drink alcohol in club scenes, people drink beer in several pub scenes, a woman drinks wine, and people drink champagne. A man stumbles out of a pub (he is drunk).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Cross-dressing, transvestites, hand-crafted shoe making, marriage, family business, drag queens, fitting in, bravery, machismo, being a man, manliness, humiliation, disrespect, jealousy, death of a parent, taking chances, disappointment.

MESSAGE - Changing your mind about someone can be liberating.

Special Keywords: S3 - V3 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

Our Ratings Explained

Tell Friends About Our Site

Become a Member

A CAVEAT: We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and some of our early standards were not as stringent as they are now. We therefore need to revisit many older reviews, especially those written prior to 1998 or so; please keep this in mind if you're consulting a review from that period. While we plan to revisit and correct older reviews our resources are limited and it is a slow, time-consuming process.

INAPPROPRIATE ADS? We have little control over ads since we belong to ad agencies that serve ads automatically; a standing order should prevent provocative ads, but inappropriate ads do sneak in.
What you can do



Become a member: You can subscribe for as little as a couple of dollars a month and gain access to our premium site, which contains no ads whatsoever. Think about it: You'll be helping support our site and guarantee that we will continue to publish, and you will be able to browse without any commercial interruptions.


Tell all your friends: Please recommend to your friends and acquaintances; you'll be helping them by letting them know how useful our site is, while helping us by increasing our readership. Since we do not advertise, the best and most reliable way to spread the word is by word-of-mouth.


Alert local & national media: Let major media know why you trust our ratings. Call or e-mail a local newspaper, radio station or TV channel and encourage them to do a story about our site. Since we do not have a PR firm working for us, you can be our media ambassadors.

Copyright © 1992- Critics. All rights reserved. "Kids-In-Mind™" and "Movie Ratings That Actually Work™" are Service Marks of Critics. For legal queries please see our Terms of Use; for comments or questions see our contact page.