I cried, I laughed, and I developed a major crush on the Ricky.
There's not much more I could have hoped for from an Indie release.
His picture does right by the transgender themes and in truly exploring the depth and bounds of gender and sexuality for all the principal characters, not just the one lead who happens to be trans (both the character, and the stand-out actress who portrays her).
At its core, this is an entertaining love story with a few twists, which genuinely has you hating one character or another at any time, yet rooting for the right ones all the time.
The beautiful woman is Francesca, who is engaged to a Marine. He's there, Ricky is here, and romance with Francesca develops. We saw this movie at the Little Theatre as part of the brilliant Image Out Rochester LGBT Film Festival. Someone said this movie is a piece of propaganda, and I'm no film expert, but EVERY movie is some kind of propaganda.
I felt that the plot weakened at that point, and that the last portion of the film didn't live up to what we had seen before. This is a low budget indie film, no one makes these movies simply for entertainment, the filmmaker had something to say and they SAID IT!
Sadly, her best friend Robby (Michael Welch) was quirky but really stiff.
These are young people and for many if not all of them this is their first movie.It is a movie about how dignity and love transcend all labels, yet on a more practical note is simply the best media portrayal of a trans experience (I say "a," because there is no single story to be told), that could really help people who are not trans to understand just what it means to be living that life, and just how special it can be.This should be required school viewing for every teen in this country, if not beyond.There were parts that weren't deeply moving, while the movie as a whole managed to remain lighthearted and cute, even as controversial topics were discussed.I definitely recommend it to fans of romantic comedies, it might widen your perspective a bit.