DVD Review: 3 Generations

OMFG

Ray (Elle Fanning) wants to transition to the boy she was always meant to be. Her mother, Maggie (Naomi Watts) is understanding but reluctant to sign over the papers to make the big decision. She's getting pressure from her mother (Susan Surandon) and then faces another hurtle when she needs to get Ray's father, who's not in the picture's signature on the forms.

This movie was originally titled About Ray and was supposed to be released two years ago. It was pulled a mere days before it's scheduled release. That's the first indicator that something is wrong, but that didn't stop me from watching.

Holy shit, it's like I turned on Lifetime.

There is so much damn melodrama in this film that I sat there incredulously wondering how this happened. This movie has good bones and a talented cast, who approved these writing choices? When Ray decides to scream at the top of her lungs to diffuse a fight going on between her parents I basically just checked out. 

The cast tries hard with the material they're given and with a few changes, I think this could've been a really well done film about the struggles trans people face. I'd suggest another film I watched a while back, 52 Tuesdays for families and how they handle transitioning. 

Recommended: No

Grade: D

Memorable Quote: "I'm a lot of things because of you. This isn't one of them." - Ray (Elle Fanning)

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for saving me a couple hours, lol.

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  2. I love Elle Fanning and Naomi Watts but.... yeah, I'm going to skip this. I don't like these kind of films either.

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    1. You're definitely not missing anything.

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    1. Yay! I hope more folks see and love that.

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  4. I like these actors so this tells me, just like you wrote how important good writing is always needed. It seems it took something very relevant and made what could have been a great film, more like an after school special( I grew up with those)

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    1. They did and I'm shocked they stumbled so badly with it.

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  5. You know how I'm basically down/up for whatever, right? Well, I was getting the vibe from you about this one and thought....well...mayyyyyybe...but then I thought about Susan Surandon.

    In a movie like this.


    No f--king way.

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    1. Yeah she is the epitome of Lifetime in this. No depth to her character whatsoever and she comes off as a token lesbian.

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    1. I know! If i remember correctly, you were pretty meh on it.

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  7. That's a shame, and with a great cast too. I'll give 52 Tuesdays a try.

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    1. 52 Tuesdays is really good. I hope you like that.

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