Thursday, January 26, 2006

Transamerica

Posted on Thu, Jan 26, 2006 at 4:00 AM

***
Transamerica
Studio: IFC Films
Rated: R
Website: http://www.transamerica-movie.com/
Release Date: 2006-01-27
Cast: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan, Graham Greene, Elizabeth Peña
Director: Duncan Tucker
Screenwriter: Duncan Tucker
Music Score: David Mansfield
WorkNameSort: Transamerica
Our Rating: 3.00

There's a reason Felicity Huffman's lead performance is the only element of Transamerica that's getting any awards play: Nothing else about the film is especially noteworthy. As Bree Osbourne, a transsexual about to complete the transition from male to female, Huffman nails the exaggerated daintiness that only a man can bring to being a woman. But the story, which puts Bree on an uncomfortable road trip with a son she'd rather not acknowledge, keeps directing its pseudo-inflammatory scenarios into one tepid punch line after another. (She's a man, but she sure knows her makeup! Yawn.) By the time we get to a contrived standoff between Bree and her disapproving mother (Fionnula Flanagan, whose hammy histrionics don't even pass film-festival muster), there's no choice but to write off Transamerica as a potentially significant motion picture that decided to be a Very Special sitcom episode instead.

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