A pre-operative male-to-female transgender takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.

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Dr. Spikowsky
Maurice Orozco ...
Fernando
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Margaret
Craig Bockhorn ...
Sergeant
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Southern Californian Bree Osbourne, formerly Stanley Chupak, has finally received the news for which she has been waiting: she has been approved for male-to-female sexual reassignment surgery. But before Margaret, her therapist, will allow her to go through with the surgery scheduled in a week's time, Bree has to deal with an unresolved problem from her past. Bree gets a telephone call from a seventeen year old man named Toby Wilkins, who is looking for Stanley, his biological father. Toby is in a New York jail, having been supporting himself by petty crime and hustling. Stanley/Bree knew nothing about Toby before the telephone call. Toby apparently is all alone in the world, with his mother having committed suicide and being estranged from his stepfather in Tennessee. Masquerading as a Christian social worker, Bree, not telling him either of her true identity or her transgender status, bails Toby out of jail and tells him she will take him to Los Angeles, where Toby has aspirations ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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3 March 2006 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$46,908 (USA) (2 December 2005)

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$9,013,113 (USA) (26 May 2006)
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Not knowing the film would be such a success, most of the wardrobe and props were donated to charity and thrift stores after production wrapped. See more »

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In the wide shot of the first scene in the car, as Brie tells Toby to "take his feet off the dash," the camera truck can be seen in the reflection on their car. See more »

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Toby: How come an Indian wears a cowboy hat?
Calvin: Well, I guess it's because it keeps the sun out of my eyes better than a head band and a couple of eagle feathers.
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For all people of trans experience, For all people of any experience, and For my family. See more »

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Featured in Empire: The World's Best Movie Quiz (2006) See more »

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Like a Rose
Written and Lucinda Williams
Performed by Lucinda Williams
Published by Warner Tamerlane Publishing Corp. o/b/o itself and Lucy Jones Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Koch Records
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A REALLY good film. Its about humanity and bonding and people being themselves.
28 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was excited to be involved in a film concerning trans-gendering. I was particularly happy about the exquisite care taken by the writer/director, Duncan Tucker, and the stars Felicity Huffman and Kevin Zeger to NOT trivialize or titillate the issue. A very good film. The humor and relevance of this film seems, to me, to be self-explanatory in this global and interactive world. I think this film could be educational, entertaining and a calming influence in a world that is increasingly diverse.

As far as production values, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the film did not look "low budget". The settings, cinematography, acting and directing was as professional as anything I've EVER seen. Very Good Job by all involved. KUDOS!!!!


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