Any Day Now (R)

Drama 97 December 14, 2012
By Melissa Anderson
Any Day Now is homo history repurposed as courtroom soap opera. Director Travis Fine, greatly embellishing a script written decades ago by George Arthur Bloom-- who based it on a real-life, high-camp Brooklyn neighbor and the mentally challenged kid he looked after-- has virtuous aims but horrible storytelling instincts. Set in 1979, Any Day Now concerns a part-time drag queen and his D.A. boyfriend fighting for custody of a teenager with Down syndrome. It's undeniably filled with good intention, and as a reminder of the flagrant (and lingering) injustices of a not-so-distant past, the film might have some value as an earnest public service. But it's hard to take the message seriously when Cumming is left to keen "This is a travesty of justice!" while struggling with a Queens accent and buried under a wig fished out of a dumpster after Milk wrapped. Straining for "teachable moments," the film has one noteworthy, unintentional function: to remind us that though LGBT rights are continually evolving, kitsch is immutable.
Travis Fine Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher, Gregg Henry, Jamie Anne Allman, Chris Mulkey, Don Franklin, Kelli Williams, Alan Rachins Travis Fine, George Arthur Bloom Travis Fine, Kristine Hostetter Fine Music Box Films

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