In the docu “All Dressed Up and No Place to Go,” New York director Peter Schwartz offers a light, often engrossing look at a quarter of seemingly conventional heterosexual men who occasionally like to wear women’s clothes. Nonetheless, docu is rather shallow and insufficiently probing to go beyond limited showcasing at specialized urban venues. More promising future lies on the regional festival circuit and TV (docuaired Oct. 17 on cabler Cinemax).
“Look around you at any gathering,” says a police chief. “You never know who we are. We could be sitting right next to you.” This feeling pretty much sums up the approach of “All Dressed Up,” namely, the “strange” duality of human nature, or, more specifically, the inclination of an allegedly increasing number of straight men to experience in public what it’s like dressing and behaving as women.
Challenging some sacrosanct gender and identify theories, docu presents profiles of four very different cross-dressers.
A twice married lawyer, Jeff/Jean initially doubts that he’ll ever find a woman who understands “both sides” of his personality.
In contrast, Dale/Dalie’s second wife not only accepts his habit but fully embraces it, to the point of getting worried when her computer consultant hubby decides to give it up.
According to pic, cross-dressing is becoming a legit subculture in the U.S.
Rather disappointingly, “Dressed Up” is more about the reaction of significant others to cross-dressing than an in-depth look at the needs that this tendency fulfills.
Tech credits are extremely modest and running time of 72 minutes could be trimmed for TV.