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With: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan, Graham Greene, Burt Young, Elizabeth Peña
Written by: Duncan Tucker
Directed by: Duncan Tucker
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, nudity, language and drug use
Running Time: 103
Date: 02/14/2005

Transamerica (2005)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Different for Girls

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Playing Bree, a man just one operation away from becoming a woman, Felicity Huffman goes all out for a physically demanding and emotionally powerful performance, but writer/director Duncan Tucker plunks her down in the middle of a fairly average and ultimately routine road picture. Just before her final operation, Bree learns about a grown son (Kevin Zegers) that she fathered years ago, bails him out of jail and drives him from New York to Los Angeles without telling him who she really is. (He thinks she's a church lady.) They meet the usual eccentric characters -- Graham Greene is a standout -- and stop at the usual places. It remains to be seen if Transamerica would have been better served as a brutal examination of the sex change process, but, like Philadelphia or Brokeback Mountain, this cautious film may reach a wider audience.

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