Gay Essential Films To Watch, Any Day Now

Any Day Now tells the story of a gay couple who take on the bigoted legal system of the 1970s to gain custody of a teenage boy with Downs Syndrome.

Rudy (Alan Cumming) and Paul (Garret Dillahunt) have just started a romantic relationship when Rudy finds Marco (Isaac Leyva) all alone by himself and persuades Paul to act as a surrogate co-parent with him. The focus on Paul and Rudy’s developing love story is switched to issues of parenthood and what makes a family.

Abandoned by his addict mother who makes a living as a prostitute at night and lands in prison for drug possession, the mentally handicapped boy is given refuge in the couple’s home. While creating the family unit may have been easy, the couple finds that keeping everyone together is far from easy. The made-up happy family’s has the carpet ripped out from under them when their unconventional living arrangements is discovered by the prejudiced authorities, and the two men find that they have a fight on their hands to adopt Marco and keep the family together.

All three characters find themselves marginalized on the edges of mainstream society. The ultimate question posed by the film is whether the biasness against homophobia is stronger than accommodating the needs of an abandoned child.

Any Day Now

Critics

“Depictions of custody battles have become a cinematic staple, but few register with the heartfelt emotion of Any Day Now.”
   Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

“Cumming and Dillahunt are so terrific – as is Isaac Leyva as their ward – that they pull Any Day Now up from its more maudlin and melodramatic elements.”
   Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

“The biggest strength of the movie is the chemistry between Cumming and Isaac Leyva, a first-time feature film actor with Down syndrome, who does as much to make these scenes work as the experienced actors he’s sharing scenes with.”
   Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

Did You Know?

Any Day Now is a film inspired by a true life story. The history of the film goes back a long time with George Arthur Bloom having written the original screenplay more than 30 years ago. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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