Review LGBTQ films the coming out quandary begins to get a bit repetitive. However “Julia Scotti: Funny That Way” offers a truly comedic yet personal and heart wrenching story of comedian Rick Scotti coming out as Julia Scotti. Why?
For almost all his life Rick Scotti just didn’t feel right. His marriages broke up. Was he gay he thought?
At 47 the revelation hit Rick Scotti that he wanted to be a woman so three years after surgery and hormonal treatments at 50 he became Julia Scotti. As Julia Scotti says she felt both a curse and blessing the day he became aware of who he was.
He relates in a rather amusing way when he informed his wife he wanted a divorce she replied was it another women. Well in a way it was! Julia was ignored by all including fellow comedians and her children but after a ten-year hiatus she stepped back into the world of comedy even appearing on “America’s Got Talent”. So Scotti is now back in the comedy game and also speaking to LGBTQ groups. Her children have come back to her. Julia felt so much angst and guilt missing out on the growing up of her children.
This is not a ribald romp dealing with sexual conversion. It is full of sadness, regret, guilt, emotional pain and rejection. But it is punctuated by comedic interpretations of the process by Julia giving fresh insights, as biting and sarcastic as they may be, as to becoming a woman and gaining peace of mind at a high cost.
Julia says one reason she agreed to be featured in this documentary is to help so many young people on the edge of giving up to have courage to see that others have handled a conversion. Although this may be a popular documentary for the LGBTQ community I think that its occasional comedic interpretations by Julia Scotti may make straights handle the coming out aspect with the respect it deserves rather than scorning it. After all was Julia Scotti once Rick Scotti? Could this be the documentary that calms a portion of the straight community into acceptance of sexual conversion as a courageous act as opposed to a freakish process?
You can watch the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z01ubBhiHD8
This 73-minute 202 American documentary was directed by Susan Sandler. The documentary is available on iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Xbox, Vudu and Direc TV.