Young Charlie seems to be living a British teen boy’s dreams when given an opportunity that’s setting them up to play football (soccer) professionally in the future. However, Charlie seems reticent, despite loving football and having a dad, Paul (Scot Williams), who’s extremely keen as his own sporting dreams were dashed when he was younger. Indeed, he’s the football equivalent of a stage mother.
It’s not just typical teen contrariness though, as Charlie is struggling with gender identity issues and reaching the point where she can’t hold it in anymore. As she slowly and steadily begins living more of her life openly as a girl, both she and her family face challenges they never expected. That ranges from the fact Charlie’s father struggles to accept the new reality and starts to blame his daughter for it, to her best friends rejecting her when she transitions at school. There’s also a school that isn’t sure how to handle things and the threat of violence from those who don’t understand. [Read more…]