Finally got around to watching Transamerica, which I've had out from Netflix for months. I kept thinking I might see it with various other people at various times, and I was also a little hesitant because I had heard that some trans people had had some concerns about it. But finally decided to sit down and watch it tonight.
It turned out to be, imo, a fun and largely pretty good movie. I had plenty of issues with it myself, but by around two-thirds of the way through, it had pretty much won me over. I particularly loved the scenes with Graham Greene, who's totally charming.
And Felicity Huffman is good in the lead role, and Kevin Zegers is the hottest hustler on film since River Phoenix in My Own Private Idaho. (Someday I should watch that again to see if it's really as good as I remember it being.) And I liked the Transamerica soundtrack. (Link is to the Amazon MP3 download page, 'cause iTunes has only a partial album; among several songs iTunes is missing from the album is Dolly Parton's Oscar-nominated song "Travelin' Thru." . . . The full MP3 album is also available, slightly cheaper than Amazon, from Rhapsody.)
The movie relies a little too much on humor-of-embarrassment for me to be entirely happy with it. And of course it would have been nice to have an actual transwoman in the lead role. And there are plausibility and accuracy issues--the biggest ones I noticed were that the therapist's approach at the beginning (which sets the plot in motion) seemed kinda contrived to me, and that I would expect a New York City hustler to be a lot more familiar with transsexuals than Toby is, but there were also other issues that I didn't pick up on as much, such as the ones discussed in detail in an Advocate review by Rachel C. Thompson.
On the other hand, the director and Huffman have noted that they were making a movie about a particular character, not meant to represent all transwomen; and I think (as Thompson more or less concludes too) that the good stuff outweighs the bad in this movie. And I'm glad to see that the movie got a certain amount of support and vetting from Calpernia Addams and Andrea James of Deep Stealth Productions, "a company dedicated to offering more accurate and positive portrayals of transgender people in the media" (as a Rainbow Network interview about Transamerica describes them).
So . . . it's not the perfect trans movie. But it's way better than most; a good step (imo) in the right direction. And regardless of political issues, also a pretty good movie; not brilliant, but worth seeing.