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3 Generations squanders a worthy premise on a thinly written story that focuses on dramatic signposts at the expense of genuine character development.
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"3 Generations" starts with a unique and intimate point of view, only to become yet another indie drama about the difficulties of motherhood.
"3 Generations" feels focus-grouped into existence, like its every development was fine-tuned to be as inoffensively on-message as possible in its treatment of trans issues.
3 Generations is contrived, but the heartfelt performances keep the threadbare material on track-witty, warm and wise.
This is a movie that derives most of its suspense on whether a piece of paper will be signed, not a strong basis for dramatic tension.
If you can look past the sitcom humor, that late-in-the-game melodrama and the usual cliche about the mature child in a family of immature adults, "3 Generations" does a few important things.
In the end, 3 Generations wants to to be about trans issues more than it really wants to live in them.
Even if it feels quite confusing in its genre, the drama tends to unfold pretty well. A third act that should never have existed. [Full review in Spanish].
Technical flaws aside, the biggest disservice of "3 Generations" is the missed opportunity to have an actual transgender actor play the part of Ray, or at the very least a more anonymous actor.
This is an after-school special with an A-list cast.
It might look and feel like a "TV movie," but Fanning wills 3 Generations toward something richer and more nuanced - something that matters.
This film's generational awareness is a welcome change from the mainstream media's usual treatment of LGBTQ issues as different than other, traditional sexual concerns.
Despite its promise, there is nothing modern about 3 Generations and its approach to trans representation.
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