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Different for Girls (1997)



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An off-beat love story provides the framework for this quirky British melodrama. Paul and Kim meet when their vehicles collide. Paul is fascinated with the attractive Kim. It turns out that the two were childhood friends in Catholic boys school, but back then, before the operation, Kim was named Karl.
R (For nudity, brief graphic sexuality, and strong language)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Steven Mackintosh
as Kim Foyle
Rupert Graves
as Paul Prentice
Stephen Walker
as Karl Foyle
Blake Ritson
as Young Prentice
Lia Williams
as Gabrielle Atwood--Defense Solicitor
Ian Dury
as Recovery Agent
Robert Pugh
as DS Cole
Philip Davis
as Taxi Driver
Rick Warden
as PC Ken
Kevin Allen
as PC Alan
Gerard Horan
as Sergeant Harry
Edward Tudor-Pole
as Prosecuting Solicitor
Adrian Rawlins
as Mike Rendell
Peter-Hugo Daly
as Barry Stapleton
The Shend
as Biker Jim
Llewella Gideon
as Receptionist
Charles De'Ath
as Young Man at Gig
Robert Demeger
as Magistrate
Graham Fellows
as Dispatch Manager
Ruth Sheen
as Nosey Woman
Jamie Leyser
as Matthew Payne
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Critic Reviews for Different for Girls

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

Toplined by handsome Brit thesp Rupert Graves, offbeat serio comedy concerns the evolving friendhsip and eventual love between a rambunctious macho and a quiet insecure transsexual.

Full Review… | June 12, 2006
Top Critic

The story has a TV movie shorthand calculation and slightness.

July 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's a lot of fun.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

One of the reasons why Different for Girls works is because of the caliber of acting.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

There are all kinds of love relationships in this world, and perhaps they all deserve a romantic comedy this unflinching and this sensitive.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

This irrepressible and sensitive romance brings new flavor to the term odd couple.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Different for Girls


Overall, this movie was ok. I never entirely bought Kim as a woman however. It just seemed like two dudes in a gay relationship, which was fine. My biggest problem with the film is one of expectation, I think. I expected better. While this movie didn't put me to sleep, the plodding story ultimately leaves you feeling like you could have done something better with the movie's running time of 96 minutes. Just sayin..

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

This movie has its heart in the right place, and for a light romantic comedy, it's not bad. The two leads, especially Rupert Graves, are really fun to watch, and regardless of what gender these characters were born with, this is really just another sweet, amusing story about the "bad boy" and "good girl" falling in love, with even more odds stacked against them than usual. It's too bad, then, that the chemistry between these two leads feels forced in all but the sex scene at the end, which is very moving and honest. The plot is also highly contrived, and the attempt to juice it up with some side plots that never go anywhere just makes it seem convoluted. Also be ready to suspend your disbelief where Steven Mackintosh is concerned, because even though he acts like a woman, he doesn't look at all like a post-op transexual, only a cross-dresser.

Alyssa Nolan
Alyssa Nolan

Sweet and funny.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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