Starring Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O'Hagan, James Ransone, and Alla Tumanian
Directed by Sean Baker
***This film is currently streaming on Netflix***
Just released from a 28-day stint in prison on Christmas Eve, Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) meets up with her best friend Alexandra (Mya Taylor), both of whom are transgender prostitutes, who tells her that Sin-Dee's boyfriend (and her pimp) Chester (James Ransone) has been cheating on her. This sends Sin-Dee on pre-Christmas race through Los Angeles to find Chester and the girl he screwed while Sin-Dee was incarcerated. Taking place over the course of a day, Tangerine is a bit of a monotonous one-note flick with a crazed Sin-Dee going nuts trying to find those who did her wrong.
A comedy, the flick feels like a one-joke wonder that would've fared better as a short film rather than a feature length one. The acting is all over-the-top although Mya Taylor actually shows sparks of promise and is really the only person in the film who manages to display more than one emotion. Director and co-screenwriter Sean Baker's film looks good -- it's surprisingly crisp and clear for being filmed on an iPhone and there are moments that feel truly "cinematic" (obviously in a basic sense). Unfortunately, filming on the iPhone also shows that not everything one thinks should be filmed really should be -- and Tangerine probably shouldn't have been filmed (at least as a feature). The universal praise heaped on this one seems as if the critics were trying to either "save face" or "seem cool." It's plain and simple just not a great film.
The RyMickey Rating: C-