Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Different for Girls

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Different for Girls

Article excerpt

When they were English schoolboys in the 1970s, it was always Paul who fearlessly defended the effeminate Karl from the taunts and threats of classmates. Two decades later, when they literally run into each other on a London street, straight-as-a-string motorbike messenger Paul (Rupert Graves) recognizes his boyhood friend, even though Karl is now Kim (Steven Mackintosh), a prim, post-operative transsexual.

Neither has changed that much. Paul is still a loose cannon with a hyperactive personality and a hair-trigger temper. Although Kim has a good job writing greeting cards, a nice apartment, and the acceptance of her family, she is subdued and defensive, as if she doesn't expect to be believed as a woman any more than she was as a man.

Different for Girls puts the reunited pair through a series of mostly harrowing paces--they narrowly avoid being beaten up at a punk bar and are arrested by homophobic cops who think they're a gay couple--that make clear their mutual attraction, class differences, conflicting personalities, and penchant for trouble. When Paul reminds Kim that he's straight, she shoots back, "So am I!" And when he asks her to explain how her body has changed, Kim's description gives the embarrassed Paul an erection that results in his panicked exit. …

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