Eric Schaeffer is at it again in his newest movie, BOY MEETS GIRL. Mr. Schaeffer usually stars in his own films, and for some audiences I think this has proven a deal-breaker. TrustMovies happens to enjoy this actor/director's somewhat abrasive on-screen personality, and so his films have generally given me more pleasure than not. In this latest, which is also one of his best movies, the filmmaker plays but a tiny role, leaving the major acting to the chops of others. This may prove a smart move, garnering Schaeffer (shown below) a newer and wider audience.
After Fall, Winter dealt with (surprisingly well) the relationship between a blocked writer and a younger dominatrix, while Boy Meet Girl tackles the transgendered in a manner that provides the least judgmental, most all-embracing movie experience on this subject that I've yet seen. Not that other characters in the film are not judgmental and sometimes nasty, but the filmmaker/creator attempts to and mostly succeeds at showing us this experience from as many angles and viewpoints as possible, while focusing on his leading character, Ricky, a boy who has always longed to be a girl and has for some time been working to make this desire a reality.
Michelle Hendley (above and below), Ricky is alternately sweet, sassy and sad, as she/he negotiates her way through the various land mines of sexual freedom in today's Kentucky. TrustMovies is guessing that Ms Hendley is herself transgendered. Or maybe not. I don't think it really matters because the point of this unusually clever and affecting film is that all kinds of love and sex and genders are OK and to be encouraged.
Jared Leto’s character in Dallas Buyer’s Club, are played by non-trans actors. Also: there are no CGI effects in that nudity scene.)
Jenn Haltman, have come up with a terrifically good bunch of actors, each of whom manages to succeed and surprise us. The plum role of Ricky's new friend and maybe more, a local debutante named Francesca, is played by Alexandra Turshen (above), who brings immense beauty, charm and generosity to her glowing performance.
Michael Welch (three photos above) all but steals the movie with his rough/sweet portrayal of a guy who is faithful and trustworthy yet can't see or accept what he most wants and needs, while a dark hunk named Michael Galante (above) surprises with his initial homophobia that masks something more and yet offers a step beyond the usual cliché we're so used to seeing.
Randall Newsome (above) -- proves the sort of father we all wish we'd had. Schaeffer also manages a funny flashback (below) involving a "flasher" and the response he gets from our little "girl."
Wolfe Releasing, opens this Friday, February 6, in New York City at the Village East Cinema, and on February 27 at Laemmle's Noho 7 in the L.A. area. Midway between these dates on February 13 -- it will open in San Diego, Washington DC and Brattleboro, Vermont. Click here to see all dates and theaters.