A transgendered virgin-with-girls (Michelle Hendley) falls for a girl virgin (Alexandra Turshen) engaged to a homophobic marine (Michael Galante). A good portion of writer-director Eric Schaeffer’s time is spent hammering out well-worn dialogue exchanges aimed at shedding light upon transsexuality to cave-dwelling Red Staters who probably wouldn’t go near a film such as this in the first place. If one is to knock the simple-minded, propagandistic tone Fox Faith and Freestyle Releasing bring to their canned sermons, it would be disingenuous not to do the same for this earnestly condescending approach to gender identity. (Pillow talk exchanges between Hendley and Turshen come the closest to ringing true.) The cast — particularly newcomer Hendley, who knows how to work her Pamela Tiffin bangs — plays it with such pokerface force and grounded conviction that one is almost willing to overlook the sentimentality and platitudinous plotting. With Michael Welch as the designated BFF and Randall Newsome as Hendley’s mightily supportive father. (2014) — Scott Marks
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