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Psychology Of Human Sexuality The Bird Cage Starring Nathan Lane and Robbin Williams is a film that explores societies views of homosexuals through the medium of humor By creating outrageously stereotyped homosexual men the director Mike Nichols creates an awareness in his viewers of the biases and stereotypes that they hold The two gay male leads Albert and Armand are owners of a nightclub in South Beach Florida Armand played by Robin Williams is in a long-term relationship with Albert played by Nathan Lane Armand has a grown son Val from a previous marriage Trouble starts when Val announces his engagement to a girl named Barbara that he met at school It turns out that Barbaras father is an ultraconservative United States Senator He wants to meet his future son-in-law along with his family After much debate it is decided that both Armand and Albert will be included in the meeting of the brides parents To avoid makinga bad immpression Vals biological mother is invited to pretend that she is still happily married to Armand This offends Albert who decides to dress as a woman to play the part of Vals mother In the end all is discovered and the conservative couple are forced to accept that their daughter will be marrying into an alternative family Every sexual orientation and lifestyle is explored in this film through each individual character Albert plays the emotional insecure flighty homosexual male Armand plays the part of a more reserved logical manly homosexual The Senator is a conservative political white man who claims to be interested in family values and morality Both he and his wife are upper class snobs who do not want to associate with commoners Armands first wife plays the part of a desperately horny divorced woman Val and Barbara are the only couple that would be deemed normal by society The two show no outlandishc or unusual characteristicsl
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