A remade comedy film, The Birdcage stars Robin Williams as Armand Goldman and Nathan Lane as his lover Albert. The film was written by Elaine May and directed by Mike Nichols. Armand's son Val, portrayed by Dan Futterman, asks his gay father to pretend to be straight so that he can introduce him to his fiancee's right wing parents. Val, the product of a single night's affair and raised by his father and Albert, fears fiancee Barbara Keeley's, played by Calista Flockhart's, senator father's reaction to Val's parents' lifestyle after his daughter lied about it. With some convincing, Armand agrees to his son's demand much to Albert's distress as he is banned from attendance from the proposed dinner.
Armand convinces Val's estranged mother Katherine, played by Christine Baranski, to come to the dinner with the Keeleys so that they can pose as a traditional family but, when she doesn't show up, Albert dresses up as a woman and poses as Val's mother. The over dramatic actor Albert earns the Keeleys esteem, and manages to avoid several near discoveries, even getting particular praise from the senator, played by Gene Hackman. When Val's real mother shows up late and the surprisingly successful ploy is ruined. It is Val who reveals to the truth to his future parents-in-law; that his father is a gay nightclub owner and that Albert is a man and his father's longtime lover. The outraged Keeleys leave but are cornered by paparazzi trying to get dirt on a scandal involving someone working with the senator which the dinner was meant to be a media distraction from.
With Albert's, Armand's and the entire gay nightclub's help, the Keeleys are disguised in drag and spirited out of the club to the safety of their car. After explaining their reasons for lying, Val and his fiancee are forgiven by her parents and the Keeleys and the Goldmans come to an accord and attend their children's wedding together.