Transamerica | Chicago Reader

Transamerica

Duncan Tucker's first feature is an occasionally touching, more often clumsy variation on the formula of crusty oldster and problem child bonding on a road trip. The main reason to see it is Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and her buzz-gathering performance as an anxious pre-op trannie, which tops Dustin Hoffman's Tootsie role—he was just a guy trying to play a woman. But like Hoffman, Huffman offers a quaintly prim, prissy vision of womanhood, one that ties into the film's anachronistic roadside America of wigwam motels and retro eateries and its 50s-style fingering of monstrous mom as the root of family dysfunction. The best thing besides Huffman is Graham Greene's graceful cameo as a courtly rancher. R, 103 min.

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