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Three generations of a family livimg under one roof in New York as they must deal with the life-changing transformation by one that ultimately affects them all. Ray is a teenager who has decided to transition from female to male. His single mother, Maggie, must track down Ray's biological father to get his legal consent to allow Ray's transition. Dolly, Ray's lesbian grandmother is having a hard time accepting that she now has a grandson. They must each confront their own identities and learn to embrace change and their strength as a family in order to ultimately find acceptance and understanding.
Roger EbertFull Review Average The film itself is a journey that had the potential to be far more entertaining—and enlightening.
Rolling StoneFull Review Average Even nurturing talent can't breathe life into a script that is completely D.O.A.
Slant MagazineFull Review Below Average But all attempts at achieving lasting emotional resonance in regard to Ray's internal experience are repeatedly thwarted by superfluous subplots that steal the spotlight from the film's supposed protagonist.
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At 16 years-old, Ray (Elle Fanning) already is already living as a boy at
school and at home,
where he lives with his single mother, Maggie (Naomi Watts), his grandmother
Sarandon) and Dolly's longtime partner, Frances (Linda Emond). Dreading the
another unhappy two years at his current school, Ray badly wants to begin
hormone therapy so
he can transfer to a new school and get a fresh start where people will only
know him as a boy.
Maggie is supportive and ready to do whatever Ray needs, as she has done his
entire life. And
while Dolly may be a liberal, larger-than-life bohemian, she is having a hard
time accepting that
she has a grandson.
Because of Ray's age, he cannot begin the physical transition process without
consent of both biological parents. That means Maggie must track down her
Craig (Tate Donovan), a necessary step that knocks her completely off-balance.
Adding to the turmoil, Dolly and Frances reveal that they feel it's time for
Maggie and Ray to
live on their own. Feeling his future slipping away, Ray decides it's time to
happen and takes matters into his own hands.