Life is more than the sum of its parts.
The movie tells a story of a pre-operative male-to-female transsexual, Bree "formerly known as Stanley" Osbourne, who unexpectedly found out that she actually fathered a teenager son with a former girlfriend from the university. Now that the mother was dead and the boy ran away from home, she had to take on a journey across the states to find out what she really want to do with herself and her son’s life.
Transamerica is directed and written by a veteran film-maker, Duncam Tucker, who got an idea for this comedy-drama after discovering that he shared an apartment with his transsexual friend without suspecting for 4 months. The movie-viewers have a chance to take a journey along with Bree and her son through their self-actualization. The dialogues are carefully chosen and full of sharp, and sometimes sarcastic, remarks that slap directly to the American society. Actress Felicity Huffman took a challenge to perform a role of a man who want to become a woman. She had to transform herself into a man and interpreted a complicated mind of a transsexual in order to deliver this outstanding performance. She won numerous performance awards from a number of institutes including the Golden Globe 2006 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, unfortunately she lost to Reese Witherspoon for Best Actress in the Oscars 2006, one of the show closest race. Another impressive performance is delivered by a young actor Kevin Zegers (formerly starred as a main character from "Air-Bud") in the role of Bree’s lost son. The troubling mind of both father (to-become-mother?) and son is wonderfully expressed through the superb performances.
All the all, the movie is enjoyable to watch with a noticeable transsexual and self acceptance issue. Dolly Parton’s original song "Travelin’ Thru" is also perfectly fitted with the movie.
5 Stars out of 5 – not recommend to underage children for sexual content, nudity, language and drug use.