This one surprised me, for three reasons. Firstly, if it had not been for Falicity Huffman’s superb protrayal of Bree/Stanely and her Oscar nomination, a lot of people would never had heard of this movie – it is not mainstream at all, infact it is a side stream to the side stream that Brokeback would have been without Ang Lee and it’s stars.
Secondly it continues that ‘normal’ protrayal of life that I think most people (americans?) would not view as normal. [I say that as I view america swinging far more to the right these days.]
Thirdly it contains much more that the story of a pre-op transexual. I addresses many issues such as prostitution, drug addiction and denial of self in a careful but humourous way. Bree’s road trip with his [well he is pre-op] son is enlightening to me as how some people can deny all to themselves, yet still want to do some good (however misguided) to the people they are hiding from.
The disfunctional family is superb and describes that conservative america to me, that in a way I fear. However we do seem them won over, in a way, when it comes to the ultimate push and shove. It does well to show that the experience, education can make us accepting and understanding.