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Paris Is Burning? Too depressing. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert? Fabulous clothes, but questionable choreography. Mrs. Doubtfire? Robin Williams is excruciating enough without makeup. Best stand in line to view Wigstock: The Movie, an exuberant, if shallow, celebration of gender-bending. The Wigstock drag festival, a Woodstock parody held each Labor Day weekend in Manhattan, features live and lip-synced entertainment. Director Barry Shils filmed the 1993 Tompkins Square Park and ’94 Christopher Street Pier events, which included performances by divas Crystal Waters (in a masculine suit and hat) and RuPaul; gleefully bastardized versions of “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” and “Born to Be Wild”; and the slightly shady MCing of fest founder the “Lady” Bunny (pictured). Even in a venue that applauds the tasteless, Lypsinka (aka John Epperson) steps out of bounds with a freak show involving an all-male chorus and a dwarf. Most of the time, though, creative tackiness is the rule, as in the late Leigh Bowery’s astonishing onstage-childbirth sequence. Shils refuses to disturb the party atmosphere by establishing any historical context for the yearly extravaganza, and such weighty issues as AIDS and homophobia remain mostly in the subtext. Wigstock aspires only to being a free-form, Carnival-style concert video. See Showtimes for venues. (Nathalie op de Beeck)