Normal 2003

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Movie Info

After a 25-year marriage to Irma (Jessica Lange), Roy Applewood (Tom Wilkinson) shocks his family when he reveals that he has a gender identity disorder. The Applewood family is further thrown into turmoil when Roy decides to have a sex change operation to relieve the pain of being trapped in a man's body. Roy's co-workers are baffled, his church rejects him and his son, Wayne (Joe Sikora), struggles with the humiliation of having a father who now goes by the name Ruth.

Cast & Crew

Jessica Lange
Irma Applewood
Tom Wilkinson
Roy Applewood
Hayden Panettiere
Patty Ann Applewood
Joe Sikora
Wayne Applewood
Randall Arney
Reverend Dale Muncie
Richard Bull
Roy Sr. - Roy's Father
Mary Seibel
Em - Roy's Mother
Lydia Dean Pilcher
Executive Producer
Cary Brokaw
Executive Producer
Nina Ruscio
Production Designer
Gary Baugh
Art Direction
Alar Kivilo
Director of Photography
Hope Hanafin
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Critic Reviews for Normal

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (7)

  • ... almost every line of dialogue has at least two meanings, one literal and the other either pop-anthropological or pomo-ironic. And yet Normal, unlike About Schmidt, actually seems to like its characters, and they seem to like each other.

    January 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A television event that truly deserves the label.

    March 13, 2003 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Observer
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  • 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.

    February 20, 2003 | Full Review…

    David Rooney

    Variety
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    September 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
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    September 4, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • Anderson's remarkable achievement here is to treat such a sensational subject with such a steady hand.

    May 22, 2004 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Normal

  • May 20, 2013
    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
  • Dec 13, 2009
    The word NORMAL is relativ
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2007
    I wouldn't say I loved this movie, but I couldn't stop watching it. It probes some interesting issues
    Tom S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2007
    This film was totally unique, well worth a watch if you have an open mind to such subjects
    Lady D Super Reviewer

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