There is a very special film heading to the DVD market place from Wolfe on Apr. 28. This independent gem is writer/director Eric Schaeffer’s award-winning romantic comedy, Boy Meets Girl. Be sure to circle that late April date on your viewing calendar … this is one that should not be missed!!!
Newcomer Michelle Hendley is nothing short of sensational in her screen debut as Ricky, a transgender woman who is at the focal point of Schaeffer’s story. Unlike Felicity Huffman as Bree in director Duncan Tucker’s 2005 film, Transamerica — a woman playing a man transitioning to a woman — Hendley is the real deal, and she’s gorgeous too boot. She truly is a woman that was born in a man’s body.
There are no casting gimmicks here. And, beyond Hendley being a natural with a terrific screen presence, filmmaker Eric Schaeffer (If Lucy Fell, Mind the Gap, Wirey Spindell, After Fall, Winter, etc.) has a crafted a deceptively simple storyline that really grabs at the emotions. Comedy — nicely timed, with terrific writing — romance and drama all in a wonderfully crafted package. The end result is that it all seems very genuine.
The story set up introduces us to small town friends Ricky and Robby (Michael Welch — Star Trek: Insurrection, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Demented, etc.), who seem natural together. They’ve been best buddies all of their lives and it is very clear that Robby accepts his friend for exactly who she (he) is.
There is real on-screen chemistry between the two in the introduction sequences that Schaeffer has fashioned (including some flashback snippets) and you suspect that Robby would like nothing more than for Ricky to be Ricky, a woman. But he hangs back and gives her space.
Enter Francesca (played by Alexandra Turshen), a force of nature to be sure, who is engaged-to-be-married to a deployed Marine. So when Ricky finds herself attracted to Francesca — and vice-versa — this romantic tête–à–tête sets in motion a series of “emotional blowback” events that will have you fully invested in the proceedings. Boy Meets Girl is going to be a winner for Wolfe … enjoy.