Ray (Elle Fanning) is a 16-year-old who was born as Ramona but has felt
for years that he's a male inside a female body. As he tries to begin
the medical transgender process, it will open up much family angst and
discord. Additionally, because of his age, Ray will require the
parental consent of his absentee father which will lead to more
emotional upheaval and the uncovering of some hidden family secrets.
Although the film's heart may be in the right place, I thought the dialogue often came across as contrived, strident, and melodramatic, which made it a difficult watch for me. The movie does have a poignant and uplifting ending though.
All in all, although I felt for Ray, who seemed the only one who was not conflicted about what he wanted to do, the movie itself did not seem like the best of vehicles to bring transgender issues to the forefront.
Comedy / Drama
Comedy / Drama
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.
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January 12, 2017 at 07:20 AM