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Photo Credit :: MRNY
Arts & Entertainment
By Mark Thompson & Robert Doyle
December 17, 2005 
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Though road movies are as integral to the history of Hollywood as Huckleberry Finn is to American literature, it’s probably a safe bet that Transamerica is the first road movie about a pre-op transsexual who learns she fathered a son who’s now a street hustler in New York. Mother/father and son’s resultant cross-country journey includes as many picaresque adventures as does Huck and Jim’s journey along the Mississippi, though this time the subtext (“Come back to the raft, Huck honey”) is shouted loud and proud. This is no Bing and Bob on the road; this is Bree and Toby, with drugs and dicks and tricks and johns. Notwithstanding the superlative supporting cast (Burt Young and Fionnula Flanagan as Bree’s hyper-manic parents, Elizabeth Pena as her therapist, and particularly Kevin Zegers as a very sexy Toby), the movie is all about Felicity Huffman. If you don’t know Huffman from Desperate Housewives, if you haven’t seen her in other films, then you’re probably always going to remember her best as Bree. This is the kind of performance which has you leaning forward in your seat, the way you might while sharing dinner with someone so fascinating that you can’t entirely relax. Huffman imbues Bree with an almost oxymoronic fragile strength, her nervousness camouflaging a resolute resilience. This soon-to-be-complete woman is a survivor, whether she’s traipsing along a back road in espadrille wedgies or enduring her mother’s tirades, and Huffman’s performance makes sure you see the dignity in living proud for whom you know yourself to be.