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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
You're not being brave if you're just being who you are. Your life doesn't have to look like anybody else's. "Trans women are women, period."
Positive Role Models
Two moms give their struggling children compassionate and loving support. A Black trans girl does her best to live her life honestly and authentically.
Lead character is a 17-year-old Black trans girl negotiating challenges of high school. Another main character is Muslim and of Iranian descent. Kelsa's mom and friends support and embrace her but some students call her a guy, say she has a mental disease. Parents complain that trans girls shouldn't use the girls' bathrooms or locker room. Story focuses on gender and orientation differences, takes for granted the high school's multiracial population, which in other coming-of-age movies is often highlighted as a source of drama and conflict. A guy calls his best friend "gay" because the friend is dating a trans girl.
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Violence & Scariness
A girl claims she was assaulted and later admits it was a false accusation. Two former best friends get into a fistfight.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing. A boy tells his trans girlfriend that he's attracted to "all" of her.
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"F--k," "s--t," "bitch," "d--k," "ass," "hell," and "suck off."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teenagers drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Anything's Possible makes the point that surviving high school is difficult for everyone -- and even more so for trans students. The film presents suburban upper middle-class parents and kids learning about different ways of being authentic, accepting differences, and experiencing love. Some students hurtfully refer to being trans as a mental disease, while others fully support their trans classmates. A boy tells his trans girlfriend that he's attracted to "all" of her. A girl says she was assaulted but later admits it was a false accusation. Two former best friends get into a fistfight. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "d--k," "ass," "hell," and "suck off." Teens drink alcohol. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Directed by Tony and Emmy award-winning singer and actor Billy Porter and featuring an attractive and able cast, Anything's Possible is engaging and smart. If a metaphor can be teased from the theme, it's that we're all in transition in one way or another, some from one gender to another, some from a role assigned by peers or by parents to a role we choose for ourselves in life. With high school and coming-of-age as the launching pad, the teens here are all starting to make scary decisions that will affect their entire lives, just as trans kids do when they decide to take measures to help them feel right in their bodies. Most refreshing here is that these high school students aren't all stereotypes, but unusually thoughtful people. Rather than insisting that we're all the same, this movie emphasizes the fact that some people are exceptional and suggests that they shouldn't have to pay a price for it.
For brief moments the script tries a bit too hard. Kelsa is an aspiring zoologist, and her asides about the parallels she observes between human and animal behavior aren't as relevant as the movie wants them to be. And when someone says, "Names are what make us unique," it sounds good for about half a second, but the pronouncement breaks down under the least bit of scrutiny. Aren't a whole lot of people named Alex?
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