Transamerica  [DVD]
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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.
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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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.
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.
The film marks an auspicious debut for writer-director Duncan Tucker, who spins a marvelous tale of a reluctant but curious dad who learns he has a son. The dad, however is soon to become a woman, and is now decked out in tasteful and chic pastels, but the film cleverly avoids the cliché's, thanks to Tucker's sensitive hand and the subtle work of Huffman and the rest of the pitch-perfect cast, especially Kevin Zegers as the lost-and-found offspring.
Huffman plays Bree/Stanley a self-contained preoperative transsexual who lives in her little Los Angeles bungalow, and works as a waitress in a local colourful Mexican restaurant. We first meet her a week before she is to have her gender reassignment surgery and her closest friend is her compassionate and kindly therapist, Margaret (Elizabeth Pena).
But just before the ultimate surgical step is due to take place, she receives a phone call from a 17-year-old New York inmate, who claims to be Stanley's son. Of course, Bree has come too far to let anything derail her surgery - she is so single-minded that she dismisses the unwanted disruption. However, when Margaret learns of the phone call and her patient's offspring, she refuses to OK the medical procedure until Bree goes to New York to address the matter.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i really loved this film...... great performances and as many have said.... this should have been an Oscar for the lead ...... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ffoxsox
Shown to a group of friends who all thought it a good film.Published 6 months ago by Mr. D. J. Daniels
TransAmerica posits a journey of a family to find itself, a journey across America as in Homer’s Odyssey or Huckleberry Finn. Read morePublished 6 months ago by technoguy
Important note to buyers: This product is a Region 1 DVD. Which means that to view it properly, the best solution would be to either buy a Region free DVD player or to download a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Omnes