Again OPEN SPOILERS
I didn’t see an existing thread devoted to Transamerica so if there is one I apologize. What did others think of this movie?
I thought the acting was great, the writing was “eh” and the plot too surreal for drama and not funny enough for comedy. The main problem for me was I didn’t like the main character, Bree. Before I’m flamed it had nothing to do with her transsexualism- it’s because she was a self absorbed byatch.
She learns not only that she has a son but a son who desperately needs her, and she’s too self absorbed to car. The fact she has a son reminds her that she was born a male, plus she’s so wrapped up in her operation and her own crises and self-pity that she doesn’t want to let another person into her life even though she’s essentially alone and could both give and receive from a relationship. She goes to attend to him ONLY because her psychiatrist (who’s come a long way since I Married Dora) blackmails her, then doesn’t come clean with him by telling him who she is (yes, it’ll come as a major shock to him, but he’s a hustler and a street kid and above all he has a right to know, he called you, he can handle it a lot better if you tell him up front). While her parents were indeed nightmarishly overbearing and genteely dysfunctional, she wasn’t helping the matter any by showing up on their doorstep with a kid and insisting they call her Bree and yet didn’t seem to appreciate the fact that they went against their values and convictions (which, warped as they may be, it’s their house and she’s 40 years old- you’re coming to them begging for charity and as such they have the right to make the rules, and I’d say that of my own less than accepting family), and then still doesn’t tell Toby who she is or who he is and who the grandparents are (and somehow he doesn’t ever think to notice the surname of the people he’s talking to and put 2 and 2 together).
Also, the plot is predictable. LONG before you see his stepfather you know why Toby left home (hint: he’s a smalltown kid who went to NYC and became a cheap whore- kids from happy or even moderately functional homes don’t do that), you know the hitchhiker’s gonna be bad news (it’s a movie and he’s a hitchhiker- hello!) and that the movie’s going to end with mother and son together somehow. There were some surprises along the way and Graham Greene was an excellent insert (as always) but by and large it made me want to see PRISCILLA again as it was not only funnier but somehow more real and deeper.
Of course I’ll admit one problem is that Felicity Huffman’s makeup often reminded me of Miss Coco Peru. Now that could have been one hell of a movie, especially the Revelation/Seduction scene:
“No… Toby… you can’t! You simply… get dressed! We can’t… oh alright, just this once… but remind me to tell you something when we’re finished. Say ‘Father’s Day’ and I’ll know what you’re talking about…”
On the plus side, Kevin Zegers is hotter than dragon ordure. Dear lord but if $20-$50 street hustlers really looked like that I’d invite him over and wouldn’t leave the house til I’d used all my savings, cashed in my loose change and my 401K, sold any piece of furniture I could live without, hit up everybody I knew for cash and sold plasma and stolen lawn furniture to get the next $20. That guy bypasses handsome into the realm of angelically gorgeous.
What’d y’all think?