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A terrific performance by Felicity Huffman carries this unconventional but touching transgender road movie.



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The first film by Duncan Tucker, Transamerica stars Felicity Huffman as a pre-operative transsexual named Bree (whose given name was Stanley). One week before going under the knife, Bree learns that she fathered a boy who is now 17 and is in trouble with the law. Bree would like to ignore this information, but is forced to meet the young man, Toby (played by Kevin Zegers), by her analyst Margaret (Elizabeth Peña), who will not allow the surgery to happen unless Bree meets him and confronts this aspect of her past. Upon meeting, the son believes that Bree is simply a do-gooder. She buys a car and the two road-trip back to her home in Los Angeles, Bree all the while attempting to keep from Toby the truth of the situation. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi


Felicity Huffman
as Bree Osbourne
Kevin Zegers
as Toby Wilkins
Fionnula Flanagan
as Elizabeth Osbourne
Graham Greene (II)
as Calvin Manygoats
Burt Young
as Murray Osbourne
Venida Evans
as Arletty
Raynor Scheine
as Bobby Jensen
Grant Monohon
as Hitchhiker
Bianca Leigh
as Mary Ellen
Danny Burstein
as Dr. Spikowsky
Craig Bockhorn
as Police Sergeant
Andrea James
as Voice Coach
Teala Dunn
as Little Girl
Jim Frangione
as Taylor's Father
Elayne Stein
as Phoenix Lady
Amy Povich
as Phoenix Cop
Burton Elias
as Male Nurse
as Filipino Nurse
Lou Lou
as Gas Station Dog
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  • It's funny in spots, touching in others and uniformly life-affirming.

    Feb 2, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Huffman's performance redeems parts of the movie but, until the final 30 minutes, Transamerica too often feels like a journey to nowhere.

    Feb 2, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Transamerica is a routine road-trip comedy-drama with a twist.

    Jan 27, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
  • Huffman's performance in Transamerica, as a pre-op male-to-female transsexual coping with the sudden emergence of a long-lost son, is much better than the movie it's in; indeed, she singlehandedly takes Transamerica to a higher plane.

    Jan 20, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a farce with heart, a meditation on identity, family and gender politics that has real faith in its characters -- even when the characters themselves lack it.

    Jan 20, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • As Bree, who started her unhappy life as Stanley, the angular Huffman, a fine comedic actress who carried home an Emmy this fall, is a compelling portrait of wounded dignity. She is wholly fascinating and heartbreaking.

    Jan 20, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Transamerica

  • May 12, 2014
    Huffman's portrayal of transgendered person is remarkable. Unfortunately the acting triumph is wasted by a bit of wishy washy sentimentality.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2013
    One of my favourite films, essentially an American version of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, filled with surprising characters and tongue in cheek jokes. Felicity Huffman is simply remarkable in her performance, so does Kevin Zegers. The complexity of the drama is so immense, it's something that everyone should watch.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2012
    Lovely movie. Huffman was awesome as the sensitive Bree. Interesting how they chose a woman for the part instead of a man, but it totally worked. I like how the emphasis isn't on the transgender theme, but in growing as a person and connecting with other people.
    Saskia D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2010
    Theoretically, I should love this movie. Huffman's performance is honest and uninhibited, complete with a crying scene that rivals Viola Davis's leaky nose. However, to quote the guy standing in line in Annie Hall, it failed "to hit me on a gut level." I think a further comparison to Doubt is in order. Both films are technically strong, but the lack the creative, raw energy that we see in There Will Be Blood and The Wrestler (other movies featuring a strong lead performance).
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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