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Transamerica (Widescreen Edition)

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Bree is a highly educated, conservative transsexual woman who passes as a G.G., living in a poor section of Los Angeles and working two jobs to save money for her final sexual reassignment surgery. Her life takes an unexpected journey when she learns that when she was a he, she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York. When she receives a phone call from Toby, who's looking for his father, she realizes she must confront her past. She flies to New York to bail Toby out of jail and offers him a ride cross-country, secretly plotting to abandon him with the stepfather he ran away from.

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Duncan Tucker
  • Conversation with Duncan Tucker and Felicity Huffman
  • Conversation with Duncan Tucker and Kevin Zegers
  • Dolly Parton music video "Travelin' Thru"
  • "Travelin' Thru: Behind the Scenes" featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan, Andrea James, Danny Burstein
  • Directors: Duncan Tucker
  • Writers: Duncan Tucker
  • Producers: Linda Moran, Lucy Sumner, Rene Bastian, Sebastian Dungan, William H. Macy
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000ETRCMQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,102 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Robert W. Berg on March 11, 2006
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"Transamerica" was easily the best film I have seen in months, and, furthermore, having just seen "Walk the Line" this week, I can say without any hesitation that the fact that Reese Witherspoon (who I loved in her role, as well) won the Oscar over Felicity Huffman is just wrong. Reese was adorable as June Carter, but Felicity Huffman's transformation in this film is astounding--the way she carries herself, the way she speaks, the subtle ways in which Bree becomes more and more comfortable in her body as the film progresses...it was a revelatory performance. There was not one moment where I didn't fully believe that she was a woman who used to look like a man learning how to be a woman in her new body. And she makes Bree so relatable, which is an enormous accomplishment considering transsexuality is a topic that makes so many people uncomfortable.

I'm not even going to get into complaining that this should have been nominated (and won) for Best Picture as well, because, really, what's the point? But suffice it to say, it was brilliant, and also restrained. Although I am a fan of indie films, many of them do tend to have a pretentious streak, and this one did not. It was heartfelt, honest, funny, painful at times, and also short. Too short, in fact. I wanted to stay with these characters much longer. Btw, Kevin Zegers, who played her newfound son, gave a fantastic performance as well. It takes a great deal of talent to be paired with an actress of Felicity Huffman's skill and to not come across as inferior by comparison. He deserves just as much acclaim as she received. Even the screenplay was underrated. Many critics praised Huffman but denigrated the bulk of the film itself, and I could not disagree more with that, either. It's just a shame when such a great work at this is so completely unappreciated.
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Felicity Huffman plays desperate housewife Lynette Scavo on the popular TV miniseries DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, which, though occasionally immensely entertaining, is also Desperately Silly. In TRANSAMERICA, Huffman has a Big Screen gig that should indisputably prove that she's an actress of considerable ability. The other desperate housewives, actresses Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, and Nicolette Sheridan, can only stand back and envy.

Here, Huffman is Bree Osbourne, born Stanley, a California man on the verge of the very last stage of his transgender transference, i.e. genital surgery that will, as he puts it, convert his "outey" to an "inney". In every other way, Stanley/Bree already presents to society as a female. What has otherwise been a relatively smooth transition hits a bump when Bree discovers, and must bail out of a New York City jail, his 17-year old transient son, Toby (Kevin Zegers), conceived in a long-ago liaison with a since-deceased girlfriend. Bree's problem is how to get Toby back to the Golden State without revealing to the teenager their biological relationship and the former's genetic gender. What's a poor girl to do?

When the creators were sitting around the table discussing casting for this clever film, there had to have been some argument. Do they find a man to play a man morphing to a woman, or a woman to play a man morphing to a woman? Their choice of Huffman was inspired, and it pays off brilliantly. This is perhaps not surprising as the excellent actor William H. Macy is the movie's producer (and, also, Huffman's real-life hubby). Indeed, Felicity's performance is eminently Oscar-worthy, and will be a definite eye-opener to audiences that are only familiar with her DH persona.
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I imagine that James Dobson has ground his teeth down to the gums about Duncan Tucker's "Transamerica," and I only wish I'd been around to see it. Tucker deftly tests the limits of the idea of the non-traditional family as he tells the story of Bree, a pre-operative transsexual in L.A. who suddenly discovers that--in her previous life as Stanley--she fathered a son. She heads East to find that son, Toby, who is now a 17-year-old New York street hustler with ambitions of going West to become a gay porn actor. But just when you think John Waters and Divine are going to show up, Tucker turns the tables on us and transforms the story into a sweet, if somewhat skewed, road trip movie about how family members both harass and nurture each other. The trip is far from a joy ride: Toby has a major attitude problem (as well as a nascent drug problem), and Bree, obsessed with getting back to L.A. and her scheduled operation, tries to keep her true identity a secret. The ups and downs of their trip and its aftermath, however, keep the film funny, fresh, and above all moving. Felicity Huffman won a ton of awards and critical plaudits for her performance as Bree, and she deserved every one of them. The astonishingly handsome Kevin Zegers portrays Toby's confusion and anger with touching realism. There are also fine supporting performances from Elizabeth Pena, Burt Young, Carrie Preston, and especially from two of the all-time great character actors: Graham Greene, as a friendly Navajo rancher, and Fionnula Flanagan, as Bree's toxic smotherer of a mom. "Transamerica" contains a few missteps (I'd have to recount far too much of the plot to say what they were), but they are minor. On the whole, this is a road trip you'll be glad you took, with characters you'll be glad you met.
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