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“Uncle Gloria” An Elderly Transformation

Why would a man in his 60’s decide to change into a woman? That’s the question the documentary Uncle Gloria: One Helliuva Ride tries to answer. Set in Florida the movie follows Butch from a tough guy who runs an auto salvage business to a darling who just wants to be free from all that male stuff.

Butch has been married three times and with his first wife he had two children. With his second wife Shirley he stayed married for 21 years. One day Butch said he snapped and decided to divorce Shirley and she took him for all his money and even the pre-paid cemetery plots. Disgusted with it all Butch decides to become Gloria Stein, choosing the name from a combo of Gloria Estefan and Gloria Steinem.

A photo of Butch with his two sons in UNCLE GLORIA

So begins the true story of Uncle Gloria filled with some good laughter, interesting reasoning and a life heartfelt with his marriage to Daniel J. Friedman. While Gloria took on the complete female operation of a change, Daniel went from female to the male route without a sex change.

Gloria with her husband Dan following her sex change surgery in UNCLE GLORIA

Director Robyn Simon (Behind the Blue Veil, Transformations) does a good job of following the energetic and winsome Gloria around during the making of the film. She even catches some heartfelt moments and also some embarrassing ones that give it more of an unrehearsed feel that is so important for a good documentary.

Uncle Gloria: One Helliuva Ride has not been rated by the MPAA, but contains language and sexual innuendos. There is a lot more to her story than what has been described above and Director Simon holds nothing back.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A fairly good film with some heartfelt moments.

Additional Film Information
Cast: Gloria Stein/Butch, Daniel J. Friedman, Susan Schaffel, Steven Shulman, Raymond Bruce Pearlman, Larry Sands, Natalie Chasen, Arlene Shaffer, Ellen Gray, Dawn Hebert
Directed by: Robyn Simon
Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: Not Rated, contains language
Running Time: 1 hr. 16 min.
Release Date: November 3, 2017
Distributed by: XLrator Media

The comments within this review are the critic’s expressed opinions.

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com

1 Comment

  1. Someone thought it was a good idea to put quotation marks around the word husband in the caption of the picture of Gloria & her spouse Dan? How insulting & petty.

    1. Hi Jax

      Did you see the movie? According to the movie they never got married legally. We removed the quotations so not to offend anyone who has not seen the film. Thank you for your comment.

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