Boy Meets Girl

"Excellent"

Boy Meets Girl Review


With a couple of big twists on the romantic-comedy genre, this gorgeous little film is almost impossible to resist. And that's precisely the point. With a topical theme, deeply likeable characters and some genuinely powerful ideas, the movie manages to be entertaining and provocative at the same time. Not only does it challenge the cultural bigotry we accept every day, but it encourages us to notice the important people all around us.

Set in Kentucky, the story centres on Ricky (Michelle Hendley), a young woman who still feels guilty over the death of her mother a decade earlier. She lives with her dad (Randall Newsome) and little brother (Joseph Ricci), and has a popular YouTube channel featuring her hand-made clothing designs. Her best pal is Robby (Michael Welch) who has stuck by her since they were 6 years old, and his friendship never wavered even as Ricky transitioned from a young boy into a teen girl. Yes, Ricky is transgender. And she's about to meet a neighbour, Francesca (Alexandra Turshen) who makes her look at herself in a very different way. And when Francesca's soldier fiance (Michael Galante) returns from Afghanistan, he sets in motion some important changes in all of their lives.

Writer-director Schaeffer maintains a lively rom-com vibe even though the film is essentially rather serious. The characters are genuinely hilarious, with barbed dialogue that refers knowingly to the absurdities of small town life, most notably the expectations people have that you'll get married and settle down to start a family. The film's sunny approach makes these pointed observations without ever turning too dark. For example, most people have accepted Ricky as part of the community, but that might be because many don't know about her identity issues. She's a beautiful young woman with a sharp sense of style and a snarky sense of humour.

All of the actors offer refreshingly naturalistic performances. Even when strong themes swell up, they never push them, keeping the issues personal and resonant. And there are some big complications in the story that continually reveal new sides to each of the characters. At the centre, the chemistry between Ricky and Robby is thoroughly engaging, as is the blossoming attraction between Ricky and Francesca. But the film's real strength is how it lets them discover who they are and who they want to be. And to recognise that most of our friends and family are there to help, so why not let them love us and relieve some of the weight that's dragging us down?



Boy Meets Girl

Facts and Figures

Genre: Dramas

Run time: 100 mins

Production compaines: Warner Bros.

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Fresh: 9

IMDB: 7.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Edward Aitken, Elisa Pugliese

Starring: as Robert Law, Pat O'Brien as J. Carlyle 'J.C.' Benson, as Mrs. Susan 'Susie' Seabrook, as C. Elliott 'C.F.' Friday, as Rossetti, as Larry Toms, as Rodney Bowman, as Announcer, as Happy, Penny Singleton as Peggy, Dennie Moore as Miss Crews, Harry Seymour as Song Writer, Bert Hanlon as Song Writer, as Major Thompson, as Dance Director, Loia Cheaney as Hospital Nurse, Eddie Conrad as Jascha Alexander, Hal K. Dawson as Wardrobe Attendant, Otto Fries as Olaf - Masseur, John Harron as Extra Talking to Rodney, George Hickman as Office Boy, Jan Holm as Hospital Nurse with Letter, Bert Howard as Director, Nenette Lafayette as Paris Operator, Carole Landis as Commissary Cashier, Vera Lewis as Studio Cleaning Woman, Peggy Moran as New York Operator, James Nolan as Young Man Brought in for Susie, John Ridgely as Simmons - Friday's Film Cutter, Cliff Saum as Smitty - Studio Policeman, Mary Ann Such as Young Girl, William Telaak as Bruiser, Rosella Towne as Hospital Nurse Wheeling Larry, Dorothy Vaughan as Happy's Nurse, as B.K. Whitacre

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