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Different for girls

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You can change your mind. You can change your sex. But it won't change a thing....

Karl Foyle and Paul Prentice were best mates at school in the 70s. But when they meet again in present day London things are definitely not the same. Karl is now Kim (Steven Mackintosh) and has no desire to stir up the past while she's busy forging a neat and orderly new life. Prentice (Rupert Graves), on the other hand, has charm, but is a social disaster area stuck in a dead end job. His main talent is for getting into trouble.

In spite of their differences, they slowly begin to renew their friendship. One evening Kim invites Prentice to an intimate dinner at her flat. Prentice, suddenly finding himself strongly attracted to Kim, doesn't know how to handle his feelings and creates a scene. He proceeds to make a public display of them both and ends up in court, while Kim, humiliated, angry, and scared, runs away to her sister...

Persons of interest

  • Steven Mackintosh .... Karl/Kim Foyle
  • Rupert Graves .... Paul Prentice
  • Miriam Margolyes .... Pamela
  • Saskia Reeves .... Jean
  • Charlotte Coleman .... Alison
  • Neil Dudgeon .... Neil Payne
  • Nisha K Nayar .... Angela
  • Ian Dury .... Recovery Agent
  • Robert Pugh .... DS Cole
  • Rick Warden .... PC Ken
  • Kevin Allen .... PC Alan
  • Gerard Horan .... Sergeant Harry
  • Adrian Rawlins .... Mike Rendell
  • Peter-Hugo Daly .... Barry Stapleton
  • Shend .... Biker Jim
  • Tony Marchant .... Screenwriter
  • Richard Spence .... Director

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Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Different for girls is a surprisingly funny and engaging film, even though I didn't much like the character of Kim (I hate it when people try to be nice and good and quiet and not disrupt anyone or anything or draw attention to themselves - *shudder*). It's very unusual for me to enjoy a film where I didn't enjoy the central character, but enjoy it I did. Actually, I would have enjoyed it more if it were a tad shorter, but that's life.

The humour comes mostly from Kim's gender status. Although being a tranny isn't inherently funny, the way that the world reacts to trannies is. (That reaction is evil and bigoted and you do get to see that side but with the sheer stupidity of people on this planet you have to laugh or go mad). There is also a nice dramatic line that never leaves you certain of where the plot is going to go let alone whether it will get there; a subtle romantic comedy if that's not a contradiction in terms.

Different for girls faces up to a whole horde of social problems that afflict us today. Some of them are answered by the obvious route (if everyone were nicer to everyone else the world would be a better place), while others are left to the individual conscience.

Unfortunately, the people who most need to see and understand this film won't go and see it, while those least in need of enlightenment will have their fears confirmed.

Fortunately it's quite an entertaining drama/comedy with lots of good acting (especially from Rupert Graves) so I come to the conclusion that we can live with that.

Security censorship classification

MA 15 + (Adult themes, medium level sex scene)

Surveillance time

97 minutes (1:37 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 5 May 2003

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