Felicity Huffman leaves the glamour of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES behind and makes a surprising diversion with this offbeat film. Playing an uptight male-to-female transsexual named Sabrina Bree Osbourne (nee Stanley), Huffman gives a remarkable performance. Readying herself for the final snip that will make her womanly transformation complete, Brees life takes a sudden turn when she receives a phone call from New York. Her son, Toby (Kevin Zegers), has been jailed, and Bree needs to post bail for him. The only problem is, Bree didnt know she had a son, but her therapist refuses to give her written permission to have the final part of her sex-change operation if she doesnt go, so Bree heads east from her California home. Thinking Bree is a Christian missionary, gay hustler Toby informs her of his intention to becom a porn star on the west coast, which brings out plenty of motherly instincts in the worried cross-gender father. So the two take a road trip back west, with Bree flailing in her attempts to tell Toby the truths about who she is and what she once was. Writer/director Duncan Tucker gets the balance between comedy and drama just right as he gently squeezes Brees various revelations to Toby onto the screen. But its Huffman who really shines, with her vocal inflections, makeup, and acting skills perfectly combining to give a convincing performance as the ultra-conservative Bree. Tucker doesnt focus too much on Brees gender-hopping, instead crafting an emotional portrait of a highly dysfunctional family, while constantly dragging his audience back from the brink by weaving a killer laugh-out-loud line into the plot. A fine supporting cast in particular Fionnula Flanagan (THE OTHERS) as Brees hilariously overbearing mother helps to deflect from the films low-budget origins, with pithy dialogue and energetic performances combining to make TRANSAMERICA a wonderfully satisfying treat.
Director Commentary, Making Of
Release Date: 24 July 2006
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Running Time: 103 minutes
Production Year: 2005
Main Language: English
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