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Transamerica (2005)

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A preoperative transgender woman 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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Transamérica  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,908, 4 December 2005

Gross USA:

$9,015,303, 1 June 2006

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$15,151,744
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Many scenes involve improvisation. The scene where the characters are riding in the car towards sunset is one of them: the director (Duncan Tucker) asked Felicity Huffman to start poking Kevin Zegers in the stomach and shoulder. Kevin Zegers stayed in character, and the director liked the result. See more »

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At the Trans-pride party when Toby holds Bree's dress in front of himself at the mirror and Bree comes out of the bathroom, a crew member in the bathroom is visible through the crack in the bathroom door. See more »

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Toby: I'm out of cigarettes.
Bree Osbourne: Quel dommage.
Toby: What's quel dommage mean?
Bree Osbourne: It means you're not getting any cigarettes.
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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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References The Simpsons: Lisa the Treehugger (2000) See more »

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Romantic Hideaway
Written by Chris Taylor (as C. Taylor)
Published by Amphonic Music Ltd (PRS) / Hereinafter Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Opus I Music Library
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TRANSAMERICA: Dare 2 Be Different & Win Over The Audience
2 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

The journey Ms. Huffman takes in TRANSAMERICA is one in which many will identify with in needing to become the person you really should be. Ms. Huffman's performance as a "man into a woman" played by a woman is a miracle and a triumphant film performance that an audience should see to fully understand the brilliance of what an actor can transform on film, as well as for the warm, intelligent character, Bree, becomes on the screen.

Please, give Felicity Huffman the Oscar NOW!!! And, The young, brilliant actor, Kevin Zegers, as Toby, commands the role as Bree's son in TRANSAMERICA with just as painful a journey as Bree in wanting to have a better life for himself. Toby and Bree are two soul mates waiting to discover one another, ironically as father and son,as this film brings to a wonderful conclusion.

TRANSAMERICA is a film that should be seen to be understood; a film that presents two characters, father and son, who take a journey together that will change their lives forever. When the Award season commences, Felicity Huffman and Kevin Zegers should be on the stage to receive awards for characters that warm your heart and take you back in time with questions on your own life's directions.


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