Director: Gaby Dellal
Stars: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon
Family living under one roof in New York must deal with a life-changing transformation by one that ultimately affects them all. Ray is a teenager who has come to the realization that he isn't meant to be a girl and has decided to transition from female to male. His single mother, Maggie, must track down Ray's biological father to get his legal consent to allow Ray's transition. Dolly, Ray's lesbian grandmother, is having a hard time accepting that she now has a grandson. They must each confront their own identities and learn to embrace change and their strength as a family in order to ultimately find acceptance and understanding.
Where did this movie even come from? It was like it just appeared out of thin air. I barely even remember hearing about it, then there it is. This was nothing more than an underrated modern indie movie that no one heard about. They should have though. I know why it went nowhere, because of the subject of teenage sex reassignment. That is not something movie goers want to pay money to see. It is sad, since it was a good movie.
The subject of a transgender teenager is something that is on the news and all over social media. The topic is still taboo to a general audience. The creation of this movie was so good, but it also seemed like all of the different topics in the movie was a bit much. You have the teenage girl wanting to become a male. Her mother is involved in an international relationship, and then you her grandmother in a relationship with another woman. That is a bit much for a movie. They really only go into the story of the transgender teen. The other two they only just mention, and that is all they do. I think it would have made a better movie, if they would have dove into the other two stories more. That would have made the movie a whole lot longer, and it would have made the movie too long and dull.
I was impressed by the performances from the actors. The actors were top notch with great performances. Naomi Watts was good at the screwed up mother that just could not get it together. Elle Fanning was that typical teenager that was over everything, but she had a bit more on her plate than most kids. Susan Sarandon is always brilliant.
I liked this movie. It is well worth watching. There was not a part of it that I did not like. It was not the most exciting movie to watch, but it was still a movie that you will want to pay attention to. Enjoy.
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