High School Romance Takes a Bold Step Forward in “Anything’s Possible” Trailer

It took until 2018 to get a mainstream teen rom-com with gay leads (Love, Simon). Just four years later, another bold step has been taken with Anything's Possible. Directed by Emmy winner Billy Porter, the film tells the story of a romance between cisgender boy and a transgender girl.

In their courtship, Khal (Abubakr Ali) and Kelsa (Eva Reign) must navigate all the usual teen nonsense - jealousy, bullies and intense feelings - with gender and sexual issues on top of all that. Luckily Kelsa has a close-knit group of friends and a supportive mom (Renée Elise Goldsberry). Shot in Porter's native Pittsburgh, the film was originally scheduled for theatrical release. But as with so many live action movies without superheroes, it's headed for streaming.

Anything's Possible launches exclusively on Prime Video on July 22.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.