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This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Docu follows young internet star's gender transition.

Movie NR 2017 91 minutes
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This chronicle of a young man's gender transition is a vivid example of how what might have been a wrenching, difficult experience can be accomplished gently and positively with courage and love. The revelation here, and what makes This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous so moving, is the powerful and steadfast support of Greg/Gigi's family before, during, and after the transformation. As the spirited Greg moves confidently (even brashly) and relatively smoothly to become Gigi, Dad David -- who was "surprised but not shocked" by his son's news -- is a constant confidante and caregiver, fully committed to his child. And her two brothers, secure in their own skin, adore and admire their sibling. Young people, especially those dealing with social pressures, bullying, family dysfunction, and/or gender issues, will take solace in this story. It's clear what makes Gigi a hero to her peers. For parents, it's a study in a family's growing acceptance, wisdom, and unconditional love. For those willing to open their minds and their hearts to one of this decade's most controversial sociological issues, Kopple's film is an enlightening personal visit with a transgender individual rather than a concept. Best for mature teens, especially when shared with adult family members.

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