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** as the transsexual Sin-Dee

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez as the transgender Sin-Dee

 

“TANGERINE” My rating: B+

88 minutes | MPAA rating: R

Caitlyn Jenner may have opened up a nationwide dialogue about the transgender experience, but it’s still business as usual for the shemales peddling their wares on L.A.’s mean streets.

Sin-Dee (a screen-dominating Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) has spent most of December in county lockup. Freed on Christmas Eve, the transgender prostitute immediately hits her old haunts looking for Hector, her boyfriend/pimp/drug pusher.

But word on the street is that Hector has spent the last month carousing with the new blonde in his life. To add insult to injury, this interloper is alleged to be a natural-born woman. “Like, vagina and all…”

This will not stand with Sin-Dee, who possesses the armor-plated ego of a Sherman tank.  Practically shooting off sparks and a trail of smoke, she sets off on an all-day quest to find and reclaim her man.

“Tangerine” could have been played as tragedy.  But instead of pithy social commentary, writer/director Sean Baker dishes laughs.

The result is a rollicking comedy about chicks with dicks. The characters who inhabit this underworld are totally unapologetic about who they are and how they earn a meager living. Spending 88 minutes with them is more eye-opening and informative than a score of earnest documentaries.

Sin-Dee’s companion on this  sexually-charged hunt is Alexandra (Maya Taylor), who was never a big Hector fan but sticks by her friend out of loyalty.  Also, hitting every dive on the strip gives Alexandra an opportunity to pass out invites for her big stage debut that night at a local club. She sees herself as an up-and-coming chanteuse.

 

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