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Parents' Guide to

Real Boy

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Intimate docu follows teen through gender transition.

Movie NR 2017 72 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Beautiful story of family transformation

Real Boy is a beautiful film that chronicles evolving relationships between a young trans man and the people who are most important to him in his life: his mother, his mentor, and his best friend. Unlike most trans narratives, the film doesn't hyper value the medical transition, but instead paints a more complex and nuanced story of love. As parents of a trans teenager, there was so much in the film that I found deeply resonant. I am grateful for the openness of Bennett and his family because their story was deeply touching to me.

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This insightful documentary, which provides a sympathetic portrait of a very young transgender man and his family, is a welcome addition to the conversation about an increasingly visible population. Real Boy is, above all, honest. Bennett Wallace's comments and feelings feel uncensored, as are his mom's. In fact, Suzy Reinke's emotional evolution provides some of the film's most poignant moments. Never exploitative, Bennett's story is simply told, the conflict coming from personal moments of truth and character that are relatable and real. There are no neat resolutions, especially for Joe Stevens, who remains admirable but vulnerable. The film deserves a wide audience, humanizing Bennett and others whose stories promote empathy and understanding.

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