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Any Day Now

Any Day Now

On DVD: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 37 Minutes

“Any Day Now” is the story of Rudy (Alan Cumming), Paul (Garret Dillahunt), and a teenager with Down Syndrome named Marco (Isaac Leyva). The movie takes place in Southern California around 1979, where homosexuality is still feared and considered to be an unacceptable alternative lifestyle. Rudy is a drag queen/performer that falls in love with Paul, who is a lawyer for the district attorney’s office. In a neighboring apartment, Rudy discovers that Marco has been abandoned by his mother and chooses to take him in and watch over him. Both Rudy and Paul agree to adopt Marco, but they are met with a lot of resistance, bias, and numerous obstacles from the legal system and the various social issues that arise. “Any Day Now” has received numerous audience awards at several film festivals and is a one of a kind movie.
Even though the movie takes place 35 years, the issues and problems in the movie are relevant to some of the world’s current issues. There were several parallels and topics in this movie I could relate to and can also be easily relatable to others in the LGBT community. This movie was very emotional, but the small jokes thrown in helped changed the mood and pacing of the movie. Most of the music in “Any Day Now” was pretty good because it brought you back to the 70’s and made you feel like you were in their decade, but I felt they spent too much time and had too many scenes with Rudy singing. I did think Alan Cumming did a great job playing Rudy, but he was not in any way a pretty drag queen, a good singer, and his New York accent felt forced. On the other hand, Garret Dillahunt as Paul was a bit awkward because he was a good looking robot that lacked emotion while Rudy had too much emotion in a very emotional situation. This was a great premise for a movie, but it felt a bit rushed and it was too short.
I liked what “Any Day Now” represents and the message it tries to convey, but I was expecting a lot more from it. There were some details in the plot that they could have elaborated on and several scenes of Rudy that they could have cut out, but they didn’t. The experience of watching this movie is unique and I do recommend checking it out if you have a chance, but only if you have the time. However, I do have to admit this movie did a good job of bringing out various emotions such as anger, injustice, compassion for the couple, and frustration with ignorance. I just wish they could have improved on the flaws I mentioned earlier to have made this an even better movie. For those reasons, I am giving “Any Day Now” a “C+.”

Paul Arca
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