Release Date: December 2, 2005
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*Gasp* Is someone playing Boogie Shoes?!?

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64/85 Kim Hollis Felicity Huffman is indeed great. The film, however, is not.
112/166 David Mumpower A transcendent performance by BOP fave Felicity Huffman is not enough to ignore the limitations of the film's constant melodrama. The family scenes at the end are engaging, though.

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There is unusual, there is quirky and then there is flat-out weird. I will leave it to you, the reader, to decide how you categorize this production.

Transamerica is the story of a disaffected youth who survives on the mean streets of New York City by hustling. So far, it sounds pretty normal, right? The catch is that the young man is a runaway seeking to be reunited with the father he has never known. The twist is that said period is what is scientifically described as a post-operative transsexual. That's right, the boy's daddy is now a mommy. Doesn't this sound like the makings of an ABC After School Special?

BOP fave Felicity Huffman has been cast in the tricky role of Bree, a gender confused woman who was born a man. During the time prior to her surgery, the former man had a relationship with a woman. Unbeknownst to him, he fathered a child in that prior life. The movie will examine the fallout from the introduction of a troubled son into the life of a transsexual. As such, it will focus on gender identity issues and the difficulty in defining the nature of parenthood.

Kevin Zegers, last seen slaying zombies in the Dawn of the Dead re-make, will portray the young man seeking a father who comes to realize he instead has two mothers. (David Mumpower/BOP)

Vital statistics for Transamerica
Main Cast Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers
Supporting Cast Fionnula Flanagan, Graham Greene, Elizabeth Pena
Director Duncan Tucker
Screenwriter Duncan Tucker
Distributor The WeinsteinCo./IFC Films
Official Site
Rating R
Running Time 103 minutes
Screen Count 2
Awards Awards page for Transamerica
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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