This retelling of Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist may be populated by drug pushers, pimps and prostitutes, but the book’s classic themes remain the same. Caught under the thumb of a lecherous brothel owner, 10-year-old Lee befriends an aspiring musician named Angel who helps him escape his servitude and sends a maternal drag queen to vanquish the boy’s enemies.
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