A real sense of empathy for its characters.
This much-hyped movie about road trips, family relationships and sex change operations sees Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman in the role of Stanley Osbourne, or Bree: a mild mannered, straight-laced pre-op transsexual who is desperate to finally become a woman. A week before the operation she discovers that she once fathered a son, who has just landed himself in jail for hustling. She bails him out and drives him across America to L.A in the guise of a devout Christian missionary from "The Church of the Potential Father". The film manages to avoid many of the cliches that it could fall prey to there are no cringe-inducing, life affirming monologues or tearful embraces and combines savvy dry humour with a real sense of empathy for its characters. [Penny Bartlett]
This film is out now.http://www.transamerica-movie.com