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TANGERINE review: Sean Baker’s new trans comedy set in South LA

Hearing about Tangerine‘s success at Sundance only having been shot completely on an iPhone 5S, as an aspiring filmmaker and film enthusiast myself I was curious about how the film would turn out. What I didn’t know was that I would leave the theater unfulfilled, only because I wanted even more of the newest Hollywood duo Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez. Like, much more!

Between the two, they alone are enough to keep the screen lit for most of Tangerine‘s duration. Everything begins where it always begins in the ‘hood of Tinseltown, at the local DONUT TIME (only serious business goes down here). Sin-Dee (Rodriguez) and Alexandria (Taylor) reunite after Sin-Dee does some time. Alexandria accidentally reveals how Sin-Dee’s boo Chester (James Ransone) has been cheating with a REAL fish (vagina) named Dinah (Mickey O’Hagan). And let’s not forget the “trusty “local cab driver Razmik (Karren Karagulian), whose part is almost equally as funny as he is one of the most popular of the girls’ clientele while living a double life—leaving his Armenian family questioning his whereabouts.

Tangerine is absurd and funny while it remains on this level of total realness that has yet to be captured anywhere else, leaving it as the wondrous benchmark for all future trans movies and comedies to come.

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Kaitlin Duffy is a writer from Cleveland. When she's not blogging or pondering the great complexities of the world and outer space, she is finding rare vinyl steals, visiting new places, laughing often, Instagramming everything in sight, watching movies, or working on her first feature Port de Cleve.