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"Any Day Now" (2012 release; 94 min.) brings the story of Rudy (played by Alan Cumming) and Paul (played by Garret Dillahunt), how they meet in California in 1979, and fall in love. Rudy comes to care for his neighbor's teengage boy with Down syndrome (Marco, played by Isaac Leyva), as Marco's mom is a drug addict and in any event doesn't care for Marco one bit. Eventually Rudy wants to adopt Marco and Paul (an attorney) tries to build a legal case for it. This of course creates all kinds of problems, as the justice system is not designed/prepared for a gay couple to adopt. To give away more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience so you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out, although I will just say that I did not see the end coming AT ALL.
Several comments: first, while this movie is about a gay couple, please don't call it 'a movie about gays', as "Any Day Now" simply uses these circumstances to showcase the absurdities and shortcomings in the California legal system of 30 years ago. Second, Alan Cumming gives a brilliant performance as Rudy, and confirms yet again what an enormous talent he is (watch him sing "I Shall Be Released"!). Third, the movie is a great time capsule of the late 70s/early 80s, with remarkable attention to the visual details of those times.Read more ›
On the other hand, the cast was impressive. Alan Cumming's portrayal of Rudy was brilliant. And I was impressed with Isaac's acting skills. During the scene where he went to bed crying when Rudy and Paul didn't come for him, I was sobbing out loud! This scene illicited such strong maternal instincts that it almost had me crashing through my TV screen to comfort him! Isaac could win an award just for his smile and anyone who sees this movie will fall in love with him.
The scenes in the beginning(and also later on)where Isaac was walking alone at night effectively(and emotionally)drew me right into the story. That was a genius move by the Director. The Costuming department.....not so much. Really? They couldn't find better wigs? The wigs gave a bizarre slap stick effect to this very serious movie.
Rudy (Alan Cumming) is an out of the closet female impersonator,and not a very good one. While on the job at Fabio's he meets Paul (Garret Dillahunt) a man who looks like Jon Voight out of "Midnight Cowboy." They become an item. Rudy lives in a run down apartment next to a coke-prostitute named Marianna (Jamie Anne Allman). She has a son, Marco (Isaac Leyva). Marco has Down Syndrome and Marianna is a terrible mother.
When Marianna gets busted for prostitution and drugs, Rudy cares for the child in order to keep him out of a foster home. Paul joins the family as they become the emergency legal guardians of Marco. When Paul's lifestyle becomes exposed, prejudices abound and lives change dramatically.
The film is well acted. The action moves slow, but steady. The film contrasts the gay care free disco music of the era to the angst of our gay couple. Make no mistake about it, this is a pro gay adoption movie. I am sure this film will convince anyone that we need to allow gay couples to adopt kids with Down Syndrome nobody else wants...and as the title suggests, 14th amendment equality will come any day now.
Parental Guidance: F-bomb. no nudity. M/M implied oral car scene, 2 men in bed hugging/kissing.
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i just watched this and loved it, great movie. i remember these days. sad days.Published 2 months ago by linda b
Seriously, this is an incredibly well acted film and the subject matter is deep. So very good on every point.Published 3 months ago by Jae Williams
What a powerful movie. I have already recommended to several friends.Published 3 months ago by Wayne Bentley
I love this movie! Alan Cummings is incredible, as always. He has such a great voice. Everybody did a super job acting in this one. A real heart breaker. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Grandma Gigi
I was lucky enough to discover this movie last night on Netflix. It was a great movie. I don't want to spoil the ending, but I wasn't happy about the end, other than that, I... Read morePublished 6 months ago by L10D12B67
Great movie, quite intense. Very well written. Amazing how times were so different in the 70's of how things are accepted today that were so taboo back then. Read morePublished 7 months ago by wine girl