Boy Meets Girl

Under the guise of a conventional romantic comedy, this independent feature explores gender politics and sex-positive themes with depth and passion. Ricky, a transgender girl (real-life trans actress Michelle Hendley) living in rural Kentucky amid taunts and threats from her right-wing neighbors, befriends a new girl in town (Alexandra Turshen), a Republican virgin whose ultraconservative fiancé is fighting overseas. They quickly fall for each other, much to the chagrin of a local good old boy (Michael Welch) who’s been Ricky’s friend all her life and has his own feelings for her. The situations feel familiar and even hackneyed, yet the variety of gender identities and sexual preferences on display is cathartic. Eric Schaeffer directed.