Being comfortable in your own skin
Finally, after months of waiting, I had the chance to see TransAmerica. I have wanted to watch this movie because I love Felicity Huffman as Lynette in Desperate Housewives. Then I’ve heard so much hype about the film and the more I got interested.
TransAmerica is about a transgendered person, formerly known as Stanley, and then later on went by the name Bree. She was about to have the final operation, which would make her a complete woman physically. But just a few days before the “big day,” a son who she didn’t know existed called looking for his father. She tried not to get emotional and forget about what she discovered, but she became a wreck. Her psychologist wouldn’t let her have the operation until she met the boy and resolved her feelings. She bailed the 17-year old delinquent out of jail, planned to return him home to his family but there was more to it than she thought. And she got involved with his life.
They traveled together through the roads of America as Bree tried to make it back to L.A. for her operation. I think the road trip was a representation of their journey in trying to discover themselves. Toby wasn’t sure yet what he wanted in life. Bree was sure she wanted to be a woman but doubted herself if she could be a parent to Toby. She tried. It was rough at first but later on they learned not only about each other, but also to respect each other. Respect was one thing that Bree longed for in her life.
This story is not just about the transgendered Bree, but her struggle to be “seen” by the people she loved and how she learned to be comfortable in her own skin. I think that’s a subject that anybody can easily relate to, whether you’re a man, woman, gay, lesbian, or transsexual.
There was a scene when Bree was in a restaurant and a little girl asked, “Are you a boy or a girl?” She freaked out. She thought that this girl saw through her. I don’t personally know any transsexual but that must be what they look like, neither a boy nor a girl.
I think Felicity Huffman did a good job in transforming into the character of Bree. She sported a black wig in the film and she worked hard to lower her voice. (I’m not too crazy about the voice, though.) I didn’t associate her at all with her famous blonde character Lynette in Desperate Housewives. I think she did a great performance. Although some may think that the producers should have cast a male actor instead of a female one. Señor Enrique even pointed out that Hilary Swank was very believable as Brandon Teena in Boys Don’t Cry because the character was actually female. On the other hand, I think Felicity was also believable. It’s probably just my female point of view. I guess it would be hard to tell if it would be more believable if a male actor played the role unless we see another movie about a transsexual played by a male actor.
I think it was a good movie. There were funny moments too. And as I’ve said before, I don’t have any problems with gays and lesbians. I know a few and they are good and kind-hearted people. I don’t know any transsexuals, but I understand that being transgendered is associated with a disorder. I won’t look down upon them because they are human too.
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