What You Need To Know:
(Ho, PC, LLL, NN, VV, A, D) Transvestism with implicit & explicit endorsement of moral relativity; politically correct approval of child-rearing by homosexuals & positive portrayal of florid "drag queen" lifestyle, including several episodes involving men dancing & lip-synching in female garb; 60 obscenities, 9 profanities & raunchy, scatological dialogue throughout; female character depicted firing ping-pong balls from her derriere; 2 brief fights & one strong threat of violence; alcohol use throughout; and, occasional drug use.
Three entertainers — one a transsexual (veteran actor, Terence Stamp in an amazing performance) and the other two florid drag queens — travel across the Australian outback in a run-down bus named “Priscilla” in THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT. This movie chronicles their tribulations as they wind their way across the desert in response to a call for help from an ex-wife who operates a casino/lounge in a distant resort town. Particularly memorable are their run-ins with various slack-jawed locals, including several aborigines, some small-town gawkers and some unsavory roughnecks at a mining camp.
Throughout PRISCILLA the dialogue is extraordinarily raunchy, although no sexual contact is ever shown or even implied. The obvious message: a group of flamboyant, cross-dressing female impersonators is just like the rest of us, except for the hatred they generate among the few homophobes. Obviously, the appropriate response to a trio a drag performers is not seething hatred and violence, but neither is it uncritical approval. PRISCILLA has made a determined effort to generate cheerful and widespread acceptance of a lifestyle that is far removed from the ground rules laid down by the Designer of sexuality.