Picks and Pans Review: Different for Girls

updated 09/29/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/29/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Rupert Graves, Steven Mackintosh

Paul is bewitched, bothered and bewildered. With good reason. In this appealingly off-kilter romantic drama from England, Paul (Graves) is a punkish motorcycle messenger who finds himself ever more attracted to a transsexual (Mackintosh). The big-boned object of his affection is an old schoolmate who has, thanks to surgery and massive doses of female hormones, changed from Karl to Kim. The two, now in their 30s, meet again after Paul's bike crashes into a taxi in which Kim is riding. At first the meek Kim, a greeting-card writer, wants nothing to do with the rowdy, immature Paul. But Paul, for reasons he can't quite figure, keeps coming round. How this seemingly mismatched pair decide to pair off makes for a small but amusing, and even moving, film about getting on with life and love wherever one finds them. (R)

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