Boy Meets Girl movie review: a slightly kinder world

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Boy Meets Girl green light

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a smarter, warmer, more honest depiction of human sexuality than this roundrobin of emotion and attraction. I love this movie.
I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Ricky (Michelle Hendley) hates life in her small rural Kentucky town. She’s working in a cafe there only until she hears back from the New York design school she’s applied to; she dreams of having her own line of clothing and already has quite a following on her YouTube channel devoted to fashion. She and her purely platonic best friend Robby (Michael Welch: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1) pass their time hanging out and have teasing conversations about the differences between men and women when it comes to love and sex and relationships.

All totally normal for a couple of young 20somethings. Including the fact that Ricky is transgender. She is out to everyone and is accepted by the whole town… but that doesn’t mean life is a breeze. As Robby points out to her at a moment when she’s feeling particularly sorry for herself and being maybe just a little bit selfish: Everyone is fucked up and trying their best to muddle through. Robby may have yelled this, actually, because suddenly there’s an interloper in Ricky and Robby’s cozy friendship who is causing a bit of a rift between the longtime friends and confidantes. Debutante Francesca (Alexandra Turshen) has a Marine fiancé, David (Michael Galante), over in Afghanistan, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t unexpectedly intrigued by bold, brash, gorgeous Ricky. And Ricky’s confused because she’s always been into guys before now…

I love this movie so much. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a smarter, warmer, more honest depiction of human sexuality — gay or straight, cis or trans, and everywhere in between — than the roundrobin of emotion and attraction these four characters enact. Some people are entirely straight, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but this is a frank and funny movie about being fluid that is so compassionate and so accepting that it almost makes it seem as if the real world is the same. Ricky does have to cope with some crap from those who don’t know her; her tentativeness as she reveals her not-so-secret secret to Francesca is heartbreaking, as she prepares to shy away from rejection (which doesn’t come). And I don’t want to downplay how very moving Hendley’s performance is: she is transgender herself (writer-director Eric Schaeffer discovered her on YouTube via her videos detailing her trials as a trans woman), and there is a lovely, poignant walking-on-eggshells quality to her presence, as if her Ricky is just waiting for her carefully constructed persona of keeping-it-together to be pulled out from under her.

But that said: Boy Meets Girl is the closest approximation I’ve seen anywhere, onscreen or off, of a world that isn’t reflexively heteronormative. It’s a taste of a nicer, fairer world that doesn’t have to be a fantasy. Almost like Ricky herself, I kept flinching every time I thought I saw awful bigoted reality about to intrude… and it never really did. That’s such a wonderful thing.

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Jonathan Roth
Jonathan Roth
Tue, May 05, 2015 3:46pm

Sounds great!

Sat, May 16, 2015 9:54am

I’d never even heard of this. Thanks for the heads up. Now I just have to hope it comes to my city …

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  cinderkeys
Sat, May 16, 2015 11:58am

DVD and VOD are your only options now. It’s gone from theaters.

Eric Schaeffer
Eric Schaeffer
reply to  cinderkeys
Tue, May 19, 2015 5:13am

Hi all, you can stream or buy dvd via We are on FB too if you have any questions!

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Eric Schaeffer
Tue, May 19, 2015 10:22am

For those wondering, this is from the film’s director, so I’m not going to consider it spam and delete it. :-) See the movie (legitimately)!

Oracle Mun
Oracle Mun
reply to  cinderkeys
Sun, Jun 14, 2015 8:00pm

It’s available on Netflix Instant – that’s how I’m watching it today. Such a sweet story.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson
Sat, Nov 27, 2021 2:49am

I liked this a lot and Francesca is a key reason why. The lead is great but you expect that. It’s supporting roles that often take films to the next level.

I did find the last twenty minutes a bit too plot development completion heavy. I actually was ready for the film to end and there was more plot strings to clean up!

Still, liked it a lot.