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      TV-MA 2003 1 hr. 49 min. Drama List
      100% 8 Reviews Tomatometer 76% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score After a 25-year marriage to Irma (Jessica Lange), Roy Applewood (Tom Wilkinson) shocks his family when he reveals that he has a gender identity disorder. The Applewood family is further thrown into turmoil when Roy decides to have a sex change operation to relieve the pain of being trapped in a man's body. Roy's co-workers are baffled, his church rejects him and his son, Wayne (Joe Sikora), struggles with the humiliation of having a father who now goes by the name Ruth. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Amazinfg Story , very touching and great actors . Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Exceptional movie! Highly recommended to anyone who isn't narrow minded(there's no hope for those people). Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member This is one of my all time favorite movies! Wilkinson is great & the chemistry between him and Jessica Lange is phenomenal! Jessica actually steals lead in my eyes for this film. Also little Hayden should not be overlooked, she did an awesome job in this film. I love how it shows all of the different angles of going through the process of having a Trans parent. The trans parent, the spouse, and the children. I also love how is shows that above all else, love prevails. It conquers all. This movie is very moving and inspirational. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Great story. Great acting by the two leads. Weak editing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member It was an interesting story but I found the acting to be kinda corny and off putting Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Powerful performance by Wilkinson and a powerhouse performance by Lange (who actually stole the show). This is an very interesting story about a modern issue rarely thought about but nevertheless, profound. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      John Leonard New York Magazine/Vulture ... almost every line of dialogue has at least two meanings, one literal and the other either pop-anthropological or pomo-ironic. And yet Normal, unlike About Schmidt, actually seems to like its characters, and they seem to like each other. Jan 30, 2018 Full Review Rex Reed Observer A television event that truly deserves the label. Mar 13, 2003 Full Review David Rooney Variety Story of a middle-aged man preparing to undergo a sex change and of the woman who slowly comes to accept him is rendered with sincerity and restraint by director Jane Anderson. Feb 20, 2003 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault What saves it from TV-movie banality are the performances. Rated: B- Sep 19, 2022 Full Review Michael Szymanski Zap2it.com Rated: 3/5 Sep 23, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Sep 4, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis After a 25-year marriage to Irma (Jessica Lange), Roy Applewood (Tom Wilkinson) shocks his family when he reveals that he has a gender identity disorder. The Applewood family is further thrown into turmoil when Roy decides to have a sex change operation to relieve the pain of being trapped in a man's body. Roy's co-workers are baffled, his church rejects him and his son, Wayne (Joe Sikora), struggles with the humiliation of having a father who now goes by the name Ruth.
      Director
      Jane Anderson
      Executive Producer
      Lydia Dean Pilcher, Cary Brokaw
      Screenwriter
      Jane Anderson
      Production Co
      Miramax
      Rating
      TV-MA (L)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jan 16, 2007
      Sound Mix
      Surround