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Although undergoing a sex change is not as unusual a procedure as it once was in days gone by, it is still hardly an everyday occurrence -- especially in rural, conservative western Illinois, where Normal takes place. After 25 years of marriage, Roy Applewood (Tom Wilkinson) surprises his wife, Irma (Jessica Lange), by announcing that he'd rather be a woman, and in fact has felt like a woman for most of his adult life. As Roy undergoes the standard hormone and prosthetics process to transform himself into "Ruth," his sudden gender switch elicits shock, surprise, and anger from… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A television event that truly deserves the label."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"The film is sprinkled with a bit of humor right up to the charming end when we realize that this is a movie about the strangest things some of us will do for love."
‑ Eric Campos, Film Threat
"Story of a middle-aged man preparing to undergo a sex change and of the woman who slowly comes to accept him is rendered with sincerity and restraint by director Jane Anderson."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"Anderson's remarkable achievement here is to treat such a sensational subject with such a steady hand."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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