3 Generations

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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 tells the stirring and touching story of three generations of a family living under one roof in New York as they must deal with the life-changing transformation by one that ultimately affects them all. Ray (Elle Fanning) is a teenager who knows he's a boy, even though he was assigned female at birth. Ray has already been living as a boy for years, but is now ready to start hormone replacement therapy. His single mother, Maggie (Naomi Watts), must track down Ray's biological father (Tate Donovan) to get his legal consent to allow Ray's transition. Dolly (Susan Sarandon), Ray's lesbian grandmother is having a hard time accepting that she now has a grandson. They must each confront their own identities and learn to embrace change and their strength as a family in order to ultimately find acceptance and understanding.

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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.

    May 11, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • "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.

    May 11, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 3 Generations is contrived, but the heartfelt performances keep the threadbare material on track-witty, warm and wise.

    May 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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  • 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.

    May 10, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 5, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In the end, 3 Generations wants to to be about trans issues more than it really wants to live in them.

    May 5, 2017 | Full Review…

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