Tangerine Review: Friendship Through Prejudice

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Tangerine is easily one of the most fun movies of the year so far. Who would have thought the story of two transgender prostitutes would be this funny and electric?

Shot entirely on iPhones, Tangerine follows Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and Alexandra (Mya Taylor) as they navigate the slums of Los Angeles on Christmas Eve. Sin-Dee is on a mission to find the girl her boyfriend cheated on her with while she was in prison, while Alexandra just wants to get people to go watch her sing later at a bar.

Rodriguez and Taylor have a natural chemistry, exchanging dialogue as only the best of friends could. Their closeness, whether it be frustration at the others’ mistakes or their genuinely heartwarming support for each other, is what drives the film. This isn’t an LGBTQ film about love, it’s one about an ever-prevailing friendship between two women facing similar challenges with how they were born. The fact that it doesn’t rely on getting the guy or girl makes it one of the most empowering LGBTQ films of the decade.

Occasionally, the film gets a little too tangled in the subplot of a cab driver (Karren Karagulian) questioning his own sexual preferences. But it fits well with how the film ends and makes it all worth it.

Tangerine isn’t just the best LGBTQ film of 2015 so far, it’s just in general one of the year’s best films. Between breathtaking honesty, rich characters, and an appropriately vocal sense of humor, this is one of the most entertaining films of the summer. Grade: A-

By Matt Dougherty

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