Cowboys (2020) Movie Review

Cowboys – Movie Review

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Director: Anna Kerrigan (The Impossibilities)

Writer: Anna Kerrigan (Screenplay)


Plot: A troubled but well-intentioned father who has recently separated from his wife runs off with his trans son. Into the Montana wilderness after his ex-wife’s refusal to let their son live as his authentic self.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Cowboys starts with Troy (Zahn) and Sally’s (Bell) daughter Joe (Knight), who reveals to Troy that they believe they are trans, born in the wrong body. Troy wants to help Joe explore and understand the decision, embracing his choice, while Sally isn’t willing to accept it.

Troy comes to save Joe, taking them from Sally, and going into the Montana wilderness. Meanwhile, Sally creates a major news story about Troy kidnapping Joe.

Verdict on Cowboys

Cowboys follows a father who wants to do what is best for his trans son after his mother refuses to accept the decision. Exploring the relationship breakdown between the couple, as the difference of opinions grows.

This will bring us a bigger discussion while highlighting the difficulties shown between parents about a child’s choice. It also highlights how difficult it would be to come out knowing things might not be the same. The film does jump between the times, which can show how Troy supports everything.

Steve Zahn is brilliant in the leading role, showing the emotional range through everything going on. Sasha Knight is brilliant as the youngest member of the cast, taking on the sensitive character.

Where to Watch: Cowboys is available to stream on Sky and to purchase on most major platforms.

Final ThoughtsCowboys tackles a sensitive subject in a wonderful way.

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