Jennifer D. Wade Journal

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Glad I Saw the Matinee

Over the weekend, I took my new car to the neighborhood movie theater.  I and about five other people were there to see "Transamerica."  The film, and Felicity Huffman, especially have been getting good reviews, so I wanted to check it out.

After the movie, as I was walking out, one of those other five people, an older woman, asked me what I thought.  I said I liked it.  She said she was put off by the drug usage in the film.  Kind of surprising, I thought, because, really, there wasn't much.  A little heroin or cocaine, and one scene involving marijuana - not enough to be disturbing.

But, after I got home and thought about it some more, I decided that I was also disappointed in the film.  Not because of the drugs, but because I thought Felicity Huffman's character just didn't ring true.  For example, her character is a man transitioning into a woman.  When the movie opens, she's one-week away from having the final surgery.  I would expect that anyone who's reached this stage would have essentially been living as a woman for a fair amount of time - certainly long enough to learn how to walk in heels.  So then, why did this character seem so unsteady on her feet?  She seemed ready to fall over at any moment!  There were other things that bothered me, too.  Including the fact that I didn't really like any of the characters in this movie, didn't care about them.

As I said, I'm glad I saw the matinee.   

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