Review: ‘Any Day Now’
Any Day Now tells the story of a gay couple in the late 1970’s who adopt a teenager with Down syndrome after his mother abandons him and their struggle with an intolerant legal system to maintain their family. Actor turned director Travis Fine (The Space Between) captures the beauty of adopted parents fighting for their child without getting schmaltzy. Screenwriter George Arthur Bloom had written the original script decades ago inspired by his larger than life neighbor who had taken a parental interest in mentally and physically child living in their building whose mother was a drug addict.
Alan Cumming (Burlesque, The Anniversary Party) is radiant as Rudy, a flamboyant cabaret performer who wholeheartedly accepts the position of father after finding Marco, played by Isaac Leyva, abandoned by his drug addict mother. Cumming’s portrayal of free-spirited Rudy is the perfect contrast to his straight laced partner Paul, played by Garret Dillahunt (Looper, Revenge For Jolly!). The love story between the two unlikely lovers intensifies the bond we see as their family is created.
It wouldn’t be a film about a musical performer without a strong soundtrack. Cumming does flawless covers of Gregory Miles’ “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” the France Joli disco hit “Come to Me,” and Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” Cumming’s musical talent is central to the film’s plot and gives an already lovable character another dimension.
In his film debut, Isaac Leyva is amazing as the sweet and innocent Marco who feels the love and compassion coming from his new parents. With a smile that melts hearts, Leyva conveys the excitement of an overlooked child who has been given a new life. Leyva needs little dialogue to bring the viewer into his world.
The viewer is given an enchanting look at the lives of three outsiders who find love and acceptance in an unlikely place. We follow the formation of their family and the opposition they face by those around them who put fear and ignorance before the welfare of a child.
Given the current social climate of unorthodox families being represented in the mainstream media, Any Day Now is a relevant film that reminds us how similar we all are. At it’s core, this is a story about the universality of love.
Any Day Now opens Friday, December 14th at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, Laemmle’s Monica 4-plex in Santa Monica and the Regal University Town Center in Irvine. Director Travis Fine will be partaking in the following Q&As opening weekend on Friday at the Sundance Sunset Cinema – Q&A after the 7:00PM show ; Saturday at the Playhouse 7- Q&A following the 7:10 show; Sunday at the Town Center 5- Q&A following the 1:40 show and at the Monica 4 – Q&A following the 4:20 show.
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