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  • Actors: Felicity Huffman, Fionnula Flanagan, Kevin Zegers, Graham Greene, Burt Young
  • Directors: Duncan Tucker
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 July 2006
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EF7ZTK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,411 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Comedy drama starring Felicity Huffman as a pre-operative transsexual named Bree. One week before going under the knife, Bree learns that she fathered a boy who is now 17 and in trouble with the law. Bree helps her son, Toby (Kevin Zegers), who believes that she is simply a do-gooder. She buys a car and the two take a road trip to Los Angeles, Bree all the while attempting to keep from Toby the truth of the situation.

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Felicity Huffman deserves every award she's received for her outstanding performance in Transamerica, a small but rich movie about Bree--formerly Stanley--a pre-operative male-to-female transexual awaiting gender-reassignment surgery who learns she has a wayward teenage son named Toby. When her therapist (Elizabeth Peña, Jacob's Ladder) strongarms Bree into facing her past, she bails Toby (Kevin Zegers, Dawn of the Dead) out of jail and they end up on a road trip across the country. Such a premise could feel forced, but the script and performances make it persuasive and natural. Bree wrestles with discomfort and compassion as she learns about Toby's own troubles, even while her own grow worse when she's forced to ask for help from her hostile parents (the superb Fionnula Flanagan, The Others, and Burt Young, Rocky). Transamerica doesn't push for any great catharsis, but instead slowly peels away the layers of Bree's defenses, laying bare her basic struggle for respect and a chance at happiness. In many ways it's a showy role, but Huffman (Desperate Housewives) keeps her acting simple, direct, and thoroughly compelling. --Bret Fetzer

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RD VINE VOICE on 12 May 2007
Format: DVD
I can fully understand why Felicity Huffman was nominated for an oscar but I don't understand why she didn't win! A fabulous performance by the Desperate Housewife as a 'man' waiting to complete his gender transforming surgery when he finds out he has a son.

A phone call from a NY prison to inform Bree his son is in prison throws her life completely upside down. Her therapist refuses to sign her off for surgery until she faces everything from her past and is ready to move on. The surgery is scheduled for the following week and to go back on the list is out of the question for her. This prompts Bree to head down to NY if only to show she tried. Things don't turn out as planned when she offers to drive cross country back to LA with Toby so he can try his hand at acting.

What ensues is a wonderful journey not only through America but the life of Bree and Toby as they start to bond and really see each other. Very funny and touching movie.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Pip. on 6 April 2006
Format: DVD
I went to see this film at the cinema, and i will be definitely buying this when it comes out on dvd.
Its truley brilliant, very funny, and heart warming, but with a serious edge to it. It follows the story of a transexual, just about to take the big step of going full on with the sex change. But as fate would have it, from her past her son calls (who she had never ever associated with since his birth).. and she reluctantly (at first) goes to his rescue, whilst he has no idea she is actually his father.
If anyone wants a good laugh or a good cry (in some situations) you have to own this film. It truely is an eye opener. I had no opinion on transexual, transgendered people, until i saw this film. Truely heart warming. A must.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dutch and Red on 13 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
Transamerica is truly one of the best films to have been recently created: I was transfixed throughout. As the previous reviews have outlined, Bree (Huffman) must seek and bail out her unknown son (Zegers) to prove to her therapist that she is ready for her operation that will finally make her a woman. The road trip taking them both back home is highly entertaining whilst moving at the same time. Both of these brilliant actors give outstanding performances as two tormented souls who seem to find themselves again through each other.

Bree's transformation from being slightly cold to warmly accepting her new maternal role is incredibly moving, especially the hospital scene which is by far the most poignant in the whole film. It's due to her blossoming relationship with her son that causes the audience to forget at times that Bree is not actually a biological woman. We are judging her on her merit as a mother not as a woman, which is a great achievement by both director and actor.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. J. Cree on 29 April 2007
Format: DVD
A road movie featuring a man in the middle of his gender change and a drug addict son who has no idea his travelling companion is his father. Sounds like a barrel of laughs ... NOT. However that is exactly what it is. It is also poignant, moving, heart-warming and life affirming. The acting of the whole cast is exemplary but the performance of DESPERATE HOUSEWIFE Felicity Huffman is nothing short of astonishing. No wonder she picked up all sorts of awards and just failed to pick up the best actress gong at the Oscars. You might think it is not your cup of tea. Believe me,if you like watching movies this is your Earl Grey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jaybird on 30 May 2007
Format: DVD
Transamerica is the story of Brie, a male to female transexual, a week away from her final gender reassignment operation, who suddeny discovers she has a teenage son. The boy, Toby, has been arrested for theft and possession of drugs.

Brie's therapist demands that she go and meet the boy, so she collects him from New York and they drive cross country together, back to Brie's home in LA.

Brie's gender dysphoria has been the central issue in her life. She has avoided relationships, friendships, a career, putting everything on hold until her reassignment. Toby has been working as a prostitute to support himself, and has his own issues about his body and sexuality.

The film shows their slow, fumbling towards a relationship, portrayed tenderly and perceptively.

A lot has been said about Felicity Huffman's performance. I agree it was great, but that should not take away from Zeggers performance as her son, Toby, which I thought was genuinely touching and real.

I would give this 4.5 stars if I could; definitely worth a piece of your of time.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By NP London on 20 April 2006
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This is essentially a very well crafted comedy of the road movie variety rather than a serious look at transgender issues. Some newspaper and magazine reviews have criticised the movie for this. However, I feel they are missing the point because from start to finish the movie deals with universal themes about family, belonging, acceptance and love. It does so in a light non-preaching way. The transgender theme allows for some very funny "mistaken identity" (or should that be "mistaken gender") comedy moments and it also allows the movie to tell us in a very gentle way that we are probably all more or less the same underneath the surface. Across the board the performances are spot on. The writing is excellent and the direction puts the focus squarely on the characters rather than on the changing scenery as is the case for so many road movies. This is heart warming, funny, well acted comedy.
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