7.0/10
1,816
40 user 29 critic

Different for Girls (1996)

Karl Foyle and Paul Prentice were best mates at school in the Seventies. But when they meet again in present-day London things are definitely not the same. Karl is now Kim, a transsexual, ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Spence

Writer:

Tony Marchant
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Different for Girls (TV Series 2017)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Fran and Cam, ecstatically reunited after a short break, but Cam faces the consequences of a random act she committed during their split. Gemma and Jude, new lovers torn apart by Gemma's ... See full summary »

Stars: Victoria Broom, Guinevere Turner, Rachel Shelley
Soldier's Girl (TV Movie 2003)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The true story of the price a young soldier paid for falling in love with a transsexual night-club performer.

Director: Frank Pierson
Stars: Troy Garity, Lee Pace, Andre Braugher
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the mid 19th Century, an enigmatic young woman moves to Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone in the village and their prying questions, she remains totally aloof ... See full summary »

Stars: Toby Stephens, Tara Fitzgerald, Rupert Graves
Strapped (2010)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A handsome young prostitute learns about life and love during a sex-filled odyssey in an apartment building filled with strange inhabitants.

Director: Joseph Graham
Stars: Benjamin Bonenfant, Nick Frangione, Artem Mishin
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Gerald is a yuppie-like transvestite in his thirties. His wife arrives home earlier than expected and discovers female attire spread over their apartment. Not knowing anything about his ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Monger
Stars: Julie Walters, Adrian Pasdar, Paul Freeman
Soft Lad (2015)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young man involved in a love affair that will change his life for ever, while his lover wrestles his demons on a journey that will force him to come to terms with his sexuality, leaving lives destroyed in the wake.

Director: Leon Lopez
Stars: Jonny Labey, Laura Ainsworth, Daniel Brocklebank
Jude (1996)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A stonemason steadfastly pursues a cousin he loves. However their love is troubled as he is married to a woman who tricked him into marriage and she is married to a man she does not love.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Kate Winslet, Liam Cunningham
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.

Director: Marek Kanievska
Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Michael Jenn
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embark on a sex and violence-filled journey through an America of psychos and quickiemarts.

Director: Gregg Araki
Stars: James Duval, Rose McGowan, Johnathon Schaech
Auntie Mame (1958)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt. Conflict ensues when the executor of his father's estate objects to the aunt's lifestyle.

Director: Morton DaCosta
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne
Wilde (1997)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gilbert
Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild.

Director: Todd Haynes
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Christian Bale
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Mackintosh ... Karl / Kim Foyle
Rupert Graves ... Paul Prentice
Miriam Margolyes ... Pamela
Saskia Reeves ... Jean
Charlotte Coleman ... Alison
Neil Dudgeon ... Neil Payne
Nisha Nayar ... Angela (as Nisha K. Nayar)
Lia Williams ... Defence Solicitor
Ian Dury ... Recovery Agent
Robert Pugh ... DS Cole
Phil Davis ... Taxi Driver (as Philip Davis)
Rick Warden ... PC Ken
Kevin Allen ... PC Alan
Gerard Horan ... Sergeant Harry
Edward Tudor-Pole ... Prosecuting Solicitor
Edit

Storyline

Karl Foyle and Paul Prentice were best mates at school in the Seventies. But when they meet again in present-day London things are definitely not the same. Karl is now Kim, a transsexual, and she has no desire to stir up the past while she's busy forging a neat and orderly new life. Prentice, on the other hand, has charm but is a social disaster stuck in a dead-end job. His main talent is for getting them both into trouble. Amid the squabbles, they start to fall in love. One night, Kim invites Prentice to a romantic dinner at her flat. Prentice, finding the seduction unexpectedly effective, freaks out. He proceeds to make a public display of both of them and winds up in court. Humiliated and angry, Kim runs away. Only she can save Prentice now, but will true love triumph for a new made woman and an aging punk? Written by <jsharp@digitus.mozart.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity, brief graphic sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

First Look Pictures

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crossing the Border See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,816, 14 September 1997

Gross USA:

$300,645

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$300,645
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Sat on the shelf for three years before being released. See more »

Quotes

Paul Prentice: [while making love to Kim] It fits! It bloody fits!
See more »

Soundtracks

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please
written by Everest, Neal & Dale
performed by Splodgenessabounds
published by Aviation Music Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Strong acting helps raise the bar
7 January 2003 | by barbarella70See all my reviews

Simple (if that's the right word) British tale of a hot headed rebel who meets up with an old school chum who's now a transsexual.

The script as filmed is almost (but not quite) as cloying as a Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks vehicle: it never really panders to the love story and it sacks trite 'witticisms' for honest language but it has just as faux-romantic of an ending as You've Got Mail or some other bit of schmaltz. However, the riveting performances by its leads help lift this film high above any mainstream pandering mush.

Rupert Graves has a high-voltage sexuality and never slips in his characterization of Paul; it's so common for actors to give some kind of Kabuki-like performance when playing volatility but he's amazingly real.

Steven Mackintosh is a revelation as Kim and his heartbreaking nuances capture an inner struggle between the mind and the heart with wonderful simplicity.

Saskia Reeves (perfect in Antonia & Jane) and Neil Dudgeon also stand out as the married couple who Kim turns to for support.

While far from being a great film, it trumps many, many, MANY other movies that try to be honest and believable in their depiction of gay or transsexual romance.


19 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 40 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed