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Normal (2003)




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After a quarter-century of placid Midwestern family life, a middle-aged man realizes his lifelong need to become a woman in writer/director Jane Anderson's drama, adapted from her own play for HBO Films. Normal opens with the happily married Roy (Tom Wilkinson) announcing his secret to his wife of 25 years, Irma (Jessica Lange). Initially reluctant to the idea, Irma eventually comes to a deeper understanding of her husband, going so far as to assist him in matters of style and appearance. Similarly, their tomboy-ish daughter, Patty Ann (Hayden Panettiere), accepts her dad's wishes, fascinated with every aspect of his burgeoning sexuality. But Roy's imminent sex change proves at odds with his small-town Illinois community, and when his twentysomething son comes home to visit, the friction between Roy's newly realized self and the man he used to be threatens to undo the good will granted him by the women in his life. Normal showed at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival before its television premiere on the HBO cable network.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jane Anderson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 7, 2003
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Tom Wilkinson
as Roy Applewood
Jessica Lange
as Irma Applewood
Randall Arney
as Reverend Muncie
Hayden Panettiere
as Patty Ann Applewood
Joe Sikora
as Wayne Applewood
Richard Bull
as Roy's father
Mary Seibel
as Roy's Mom
Kirk Anderson
as Machinist
Barbara Ann Grimes
as Thrift Store Salesla...
Rick Touhy
as Kay's Husband
Gene Janson
as Church Usher
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Critic Reviews for Normal

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

A television event that truly deserves the label.

Full Review… | March 13, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

Story of a middle-aged man preparing to undergo a sex change and of the woman who slowly comes to accept him is rendered with sincerity and restraint by director Jane Anderson.

Full Review… | February 20, 2003
Top Critic

October 18, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 15, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Anderson's remarkable achievement here is to treat such a sensational subject with such a steady hand.

Full Review… | May 22, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Normal

Powerful performance by Wilkinson and a powerhouse performance by Lange (who actually stole the show). This is an very interesting story about a modern issue rarely thought about but nevertheless, profound.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

The word NORMAL is relativ

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

This film was totally unique, well worth a watch if you have an open mind to such subjects

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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