Any Day Now

"Extraordinary"

Any Day Now Review


There's a subtle blast of righteous anger in this pointed drama, which finds present-day relevance in a true story that's more than 30 years old. The focus is on normal people who are caught up in an unjust system that leans toward ignorance and bigotry even if child's life is in danger. And watching them muster the strength to fight back is utterly riveting, because they're flawed and daunted exactly like we would be.

It takes place in 1979 Los Angeles, where Rudy (Cumming) works as a nightclub drag artist. When his hard-partying neighbour (Allman) abandons her Downs Syndrome son Marco (Leyva), Rudy steps up to take care of him. But he needs to find a longer-term solution, so he turns to Paul (Dillahunt), a divorced lawyer who has barely admitted to himself that he's gay. Rudy and Paul have only tentatively started a relationship, so Paul is reluctant. But Marco needs a guardian, so he helps Rudy get foster custody and moves them into his own home to help improve their legal status. But as they become a family, it becomes increasingly difficult for Paul to remain closeted, and when his sexuality emerges the court takes Marco away.

Even when the film shifts into a courtroom drama, it balances the drama with real-life humour and authentic emotional intensity. Watching these two compassionate men face systematic homophobia is pretty shocking, but filmmaker Fine never lets this become an issue movie: it's an involving story about people standing up for what's right. And by anchoring everything in the relationships, the film remains warm, relaxed and likeably awkward. This is mainly because Cumming and Dillahunt make such an unusual couple as the unapologetic queen and the strong-but-silent repressed guy.

Cumming dives into the role, making Rudy hilariously catty and rather vicious at the same time. And Leyva is terrific as Marco, adding a huge wave of emotion to the film as a thoughtful, observant kid who can teach the adults around him a thing or two. Since it's based on real events, the plot doesn't follow a standard formula, which makes it sometimes surprising and often rather wrenching. It's also strikingly timely: the court's reason for taking Marco away is because he might think Rudy and Paul's relationship is "normal". Which reminds us how far we've come as a society, and also that we're not quite there yet.



Any Day Now

Facts and Figures

Genre: Dramas

Run time: 98 mins

In Theaters: Friday 6th September 2013

Box Office USA: $0.2M

Distributed by: Music Box Films

Production compaines: PFM Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Fresh: 49 Rotten: 13

IMDB: 7.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Kristine Hostetter Fine, , , Chip Hourih

Starring: as Rudy, as Paul, Isaac Leyva as Marco, as Judge Meyerson, as Lambert, as Marianna Deison, as DA Wilson, Don Franklin as Lonnie Washington, as Miss Flemming, as Judge Resnick, as Miss Mills, Doug Spearman as Johnny Boy, Randy Roberts as PJ, Miracle Laurie as Monica, as Miles Dubrow

Also starring: ,


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