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De Niro does the infirmed thing. Well, if his frighteningly realistic portrayal of a stroke victim isn't enough for you, go watch this film just to see Hoffman (Happiness, Boogie Nights), who is terrific here as a drag queen. In the film, De Niro needs singing lessons to help his voice after a stroke. While it's a touching look at the lonely lives of people on society's fringe, it also makes unwelcome room for an overdone chase scene where realism is the only thing that gets away.
After Batman & Robin and 8 MM, Schumacher remains in a critical slump, but the fine moments in this well-intentioned film are ultimately flawed by stereotypical movie clich├ęs.