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  • Actors: Hayden Panettiere, Jessica Lange, Tom Wilkinson, Clancy Brown
  • Directors: Jane Anderson
  • Writers: Jane Anderson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: HBO
  • Release Date: Oct. 7 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AYJV8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,089 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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As Roy (Tom Wilkinson, In the Bedroom) and Irma (Jessica Lange, Cape Fear, Tootsie) celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, Roy passes out. While meeting with their pastor, Roy reveals that he's a woman trapped in a man's body, and he wants to get a sex change--setting in motion a complex and emotionally fraught conflict between husband and wife, individual and community, and parent and child. Normal explores Roy's gender dysphoria with empathy, but also has an eye for the social and familial absurdities that come up. The humor, far from trivializing the issue, steers it away from cloying sentiment or politically correct sanctimony. The movie captures the confusion of Roy's friends and coworkers with realism and without judgment, and the stressful changes of Roy and Irma's relationship aren't sugarcoated or made into a moral lesson. Both Lange and Wilkinson are superb, as are the skillful script and direction. --Bret Fetzer

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Anderson on March 7 2004
Format: DVD
"Normal" is a powerful movie about a married couple who faces turbulances after the husband, Roy, reveals to his wife, Irma, that he wants to become a woman. As the problems arise, the emotional value becomes stronger. This is a great educational movie for those wanting to learn about transexuality. The realisms of such issues are heavily present from beginning to end. It proves that defining "normal" is not possible. The writing is brilliant. Their previous research of every expressed issue is present. This movie is not just about transexuality; it's also a love story. Such combination makes the movie much more interesting. Its intense scenes keep audiences' eyes wide open. The performers offer their own emotional sense that takes the movie to a higher level. Tom Wilkinson's Emmy and Golden Globe nominated role as Roy never loses the emotional value for a moment. His performance deserves great respect. Some may say this is role is above 2001's "In the Bedroom". Two-time Oscar winner Jessica Lange portrays Irma wonderfully. Her character's hardships are desplicted beautifully. All other actors also performed their roles wonderfully. "Normal" is an unforgettable movie that will keep audiences moved for a long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on Oct. 16 2003
Format: DVD
"Normal" is an excellent, pull-no-punches look at transsexualism. The writer/director taylors her story to show many sides of the issue: the wife's initial hostility and confusion, the church's nonacceptance, the tough workplace, and the struggle of Ruth's children. The director is careful to make Ruth into an every-transsexual, as she has two children: a girl who is accepting and a boy who has to come to blows with his father before he finally comes around. She makes Ruth transition in a small midwestern town, a really tough place, in order to bring out some of the worst that can happen. Ruth's workplace is a testosterone-filled factory and the coworkers have a violent reaction when Ruth shows up in a pair of earrings. The small town atmosphere permeates the story and reveals the ignorance of small town people, but also some surprising support and acceptance, even if it is after a hard-fought battle.
My main criticism is that the timeline is hard to follow. Ruth seems to transition much more quickly than most transsexuals, and she makes many mistakes, such as the above-mentioned earrings at work, the perfume she wears on the job, and the falsetto singing that gets her kicked out of choir. We never learn how Ruth gets her hormones, or how she gets permission for sex reassignment surgery--as all transsexuals know, there are gatekeeper issues in transition, and the director never reveals that side of Ruth's struggle.
In all, though, this is an entertaining and well crafted story, and it should help in the struggle for acceptance that all transgendered people go through. See it with your family, and learn to accept the diversity of the population around all of us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Michael Click on Dec 6 2003
Format: DVD
Superb performances by Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson anchor this thoughtful and emotional drama about a farm couple in Iowa whose 25-year marriage is threatened when the husband reveals himself to be transgendered, and announces that he is planning to undergo a sex-change operation. The script skillfully avoids sensationalizing the subject by treating it with sensitivity and dignity, and presenting a balanced look at the wife's pain and confusion; the husband's longing to reconcile his body with his mind and emotions; and the disruption that the pending change causes in the relationships between the couple, their family, and the community in which they live. The resulting film is a layered and perceptive examination of what it means to be an individual human being with the attendant need to be accepted and loved by yourself, as well as those you hold dear. Most highly recommended.
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This is a wonderful movie about a middle aged man who finally reveals to all that he has always felt he is woman and has now decided to become what he truly always was, a woman in every way. This movie depicts all the turmoil his revelation causes in his wife and family, co-workers and friends. We see him as he slowly begins making little changes in his appearance as he gets ready to go through the sex change.
The movie also shows how a so-called accepting and forgiving church community now shuns him as he becomes what he is and ever wanted to be. His young daughter is an amazing teenager who shows great understanding and love towards her parent and fully stands by him. Upon hearing his understandably shocking news his loving wife blames herself and is confused and very very hurt.
They separate for a while but reunite shortly thereafter and she also comes to support his decision and help him in every way, even when it's time to pick out flattering new clothes for "Ruth. This whole family remains a solid unit.

That is what this wonderful movie is about. Enduring love, understanding and acceptance.
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By A Customer on July 13 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Contradictory though it may be, this film is simultaneously inaccurate and truthful.
In presenting the gender transition of a middle-aged man in a small, conservative farming community, this film has an odd omission. As an earlier reviewer pointed out, Roy/Ruth is able to go through hormone therapy and to get Sexual Reassignment Surgery without the film ever showing how. This is more than just a technicality. To get HRT, one needs a prescription. Most endocrinologists who work with TG people work as much on the emotional side of the issues as they do on the physical. To get SRS, one must have letters from two therapists. Roy faces some incredibly difficult issues in this film. He also makes some very dangerous choices, such as wearing perfume and earrings to work before having disclosed his transition. In real life, the therapist would be working with Ruth on all of these things. It almost feels as though a decision was made after shooting to edit out all of the scenes in which Ruth interacts with her doctor and her therapist.
This does have the effect of focusing on the real drama, the evolving relationships within the family. But it makes the film feel somehow unreal and misguided.
Other than that, as several reviewers have mentioned, the acceptance of the community as depicted is extremely optimistic.
For all that, this film nailed it. A couple I know invited me over to watch movies with them one night, and popped this one into the VCR. Halfway into the film, I broke down weeping and had to leave. As a TG woman myself, this film captured the truth of what happens, of the emotions and changes, as accurately as anything I've ever seen. The humanity of this movie, in how it depicts all of the family members, is stunning.
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