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Transamerica
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: May 23, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Lisa's Skus
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Closed Caption - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Subtitles - Spanish - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Bonus Footage: Behind the Scenes of the making of the music video
    • Music Video: DOLLY PARTON - "Travelin' Through"

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh77%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 140

Upright82%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 68,040
That the film succeeds without slipping too far into sentimentality or didacticism is in no small measure the result of Ms. Huffman's wit and grace.
New York Times
Dec 2, 2005
A well-tuned vehicle. Full Review
Film Journal International
Mar 1, 2007
A big part of the movie's success is Huffman's irresistible and remarkable performance as Bree, a character we identify with rather than feel alienated by. Full Review
DVD Review
Jul 10, 2007
Rating: 3/5 -- Transamerica is a routine road-trip comedy-drama with a twist.
Orlando Sentinel
Jan 27, 2006
Lifetime through Sundance Full Review
CinePassion
Aug 30, 2009
Bree was, and still is, an identifiable character in a movie that has aged well; credit for this lands solely in the lap of Felicity Huffman for her ability to turn a potentially clown-like depiction of a Trans woman into a loving mother. Full Review
Gay Essential
Sep 15, 2019
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Huffman's performance redeems parts of the movie but, until the final 30 minutes, Transamerica too often feels like a journey to nowhere. Full Review
ReelViews
Feb 2, 2006

Product Description:

Felicity Huffman leaves the glamor of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES behind and makes a surprising diversion with this offbeat film. Playing an uptight male-to-female transsexual named Sabrina "Bree" Osbourne (née Stanley), Huffman gives a remarkable performance. Readying herself for the final snip that will make her womanly transformation complete, Bree's 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 didn't 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 doesn't go, so Bree heads east from her California home. Thinking Bree is a Christian missionary, gay hustler Toby informs her of his intention to become 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 unable 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 Bree's various revelations to Toby onto the screen. But it's Huffman who really shines, with her vocal inflections, makeup, and acting skills perfectly combining to give a convincing performance as the ultraconservative Bree. Tucker doesn't focus too much on Bree's 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 Bree's hilariously overbearing mother--helps to deflect from the film's low-budget origins, with pithy dialogue and energetic performances combining to make TRANSAMERICA a wonderfully satisfying treat.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: DECEMBER 2, 2005
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 26,541
  • UPC: 796019790390
  • Shipping Weight: 0.40/lbs (approx)
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