Ray (Elle Fanning) wants to transition to the boy she was always meant to be. Her mother, Maggie (Naomi Watts) is understanding but reluctant to sign over the papers to make the big decision. She's getting pressure from her mother (Susan Surandon) and then faces another hurtle when she needs to get Ray's father, who's not in the picture's signature on the forms.
This movie was originally titled About Ray and was supposed to be released two years ago. It was pulled a mere days before it's scheduled release. That's the first indicator that something is wrong, but that didn't stop me from watching.
Holy shit, it's like I turned on Lifetime.
There is so much damn melodrama in this film that I sat there incredulously wondering how this happened. This movie has good bones and a talented cast, who approved these writing choices? When Ray decides to scream at the top of her lungs to diffuse a fight going on between her parents I basically just checked out.
The cast tries hard with the material they're given and with a few changes, I think this could've been a really well done film about the struggles trans people face. I'd suggest another film I watched a while back, 52 Tuesdays for families and how they handle transitioning.
Memorable Quote: "I'm a lot of things because of you. This isn't one of them." - Ray (Elle Fanning)