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The acting was good, but I didn’t like the story. A reviewer below thinks this movie was a comedy and the only crazy characters were the cab driver’s family members. Well, I beg to differ. I say it’s a depressing drama with a man rejecting his devoted wife and daughter in favor of paying crazy male prostitutes dressed as women to let him suck their dicks. Don’t criticize me for calling them crazy. If Nellybells can call the cab driver’s family crazy, then I can call the prostitutes crazy. Freedom of speech works both ways; be tolerant, hypocrites.
How is the family crazy? All they want is for the husband to come home from work and eat Christmas dinner with them and spend time with the family. The family members are not the ones expecting a pimp to remain faithful or beating up a girl just because she’s white and her name starts with a D. I suppose if the prostitutes were cis gender whites and the D girl were a black transgender, this movie would not be getting so much praise. Racism and discrimination, see. But I say that the behavior of the prostitutes is crazy no matter what race or sex they are. And the pimp and cab driver are equally crazy. I don’t discriminate based on race or sex, see. For as the wise MLK Jr. said, we should judge people on the content of their character. And these characters have lousy characters.
Unfortunately “cultures” like this ARE becoming the norm. A good reminder for why abortion needs to be kept legal. Also a good reminder how flawed the prison system is. A 28 day time out in prison isn’t enough to reform a prostitute, apparently. Maybe s/he should’ve been put to work picking up the trash around the city instead, in a nice unisex jumpsuit so there won’t even be any dysphoria. If the work still failed to reform her, at least the taxpayers would be getting something out of it.
This bedazzling independent film gets almost 5 stars from me for its sheer exuberance. It showed up on a lot of independent best lists a few years ago which is how I found it. It is funny, very touching, chaotic, outrageous and it feels at times like a screw-ball comedy. Messy slice-of-life yes, and these women on the edge of society have troubles--money troubles, love troubles, trust troubles, and they create community. It is not a movie for everyone. The cast of characters is made up of transgender women working girls, hustlers, the people who have small businesses in this part of LA, a cab driver and his crazy family, etc. Their lives are as real to them as my life is to me. The director does not judge. This is just how it is.
This is low-budget film from capable American director Sean Baker. It has that low-budget feel and I found out later the film was actually shot with an iPhone. This phone follows a couple of trans prostitutes as they go about their lives and try to solve their love problems. These people live in a world very far from my 'norm', and for that reason their problems and live style simply do not engage me. There is a side plot about an Armenian taxi driver but I don't know if that adds anything meaningful to the script. So watch it for its uniqueness but it just may not be your cup of tea.
I did not like this DVD. It is a waste of time. It lacks a story. The characters are shallow. It promotes a promiscuous life style and living on the street in the sex trade. It encourages gender confusion without getting therapy for mental illnesses. Most of the characters in this story are men dressed as women calling themselves women. They argue a lot. They call each other "Bitch". For simplicity, she in this story is actually a he. It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra, embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles. There is very little dialogue. Most of the time it is two people walking a lot. In the end, one of the males drags a real woman off a public transit bus accusing her of being the girlfriend with the pimp boyfriend. It is no surprise people of loose morals cheat on the side in their relationships. I spent most of the time in fast forward to get to the end of this lousy movie.
A waste of time. It's pretty much just a home movie that shows what happens if you don't finish high school.
I cant believe anyone thought this movie deserved anything less than 4 stars. This is a great movie, filled with dark humor and poignant moments that any transgender person can relate to. I love it. Definitely in my top 5 LGBT films.
According to IMDB cost for this was around 100,000.00 and return around 700,000.00. Apparently it is on the strength of this that Sean moved up to 'The Florida Project'. I don't see the budget for that one but Willem Dafoe probably means wider release. Perhaps it is unfair to say that these particular trannies have been allowed to portray themselves in a way that is comfortable for them. To me, neither the A or B plot here is convincing. I don't think it is time well spent if sparkly scenery, flashy clothing, and an upbeat sound track is the reward. One bit part player in the extras made the point that Baker has puke scenes in all his previous films as he has here. Haven't fact checked that. In thinking about this one, I recalled 'Even Dwarfs Started Small'. I don't say the film has no value. I take it on faith that it is a hard thing for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Also, one cannot live by bread alone. It is good to be reminded of friendship. It looks like this particular way of living is entrenched.
At first I was mildly amused but then the movie just got worse as it went along.
A fresh out of jail sex worker went hunting for a "fish" called Dinah who cheated with her fiancee/pimp Chester. An original script that focused on the subculture of LA's Santa Monica and Highland neighborhood where the transgenders, their community and johns have best friends, fall in love, have dreams, some with families and all must work to make money. An uneasy topic but made enjoyable by the unpretentious story without many comic moments starring a duo of talented transgender actors.
3/4 Roger Ebert; 97% Rotten Tomatoes and 7/10 IMDb
Acting is terrific. Very funny look at not-so-easy lives. Friendship abides. Not a 5 star for me because it does drag a little over a tiny plot. Rodriguez and Taylor mostly overcome that with fantastic performances. Want to see them in more.
Terrific! Funny and very real, down to earth, gritty. If you have ever been to L.A., the humour & location will ring true for you. Also, if you like small underdog films, this is the movie to root for! Amazing!!! Best small pic of 2015!