Review: 'Any Day Now'

Plot: In 1979, a gay couple tries to save a kid with Down syndrome from a negligent mother and a negligent system.

Bottom line: Treacly, obvious, badly scripted drama that seems intended to provide a showcase for actor Alan Cumming's, uh, singing.

Cast: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher

Length: 1:37

'Any Day Now' review: Alan Cumming wasted

Garret Dillahunt, left, and Alan Cumming in a

Garret Dillahunt, left, and Alan Cumming in a scene from, "Any Day Now." (Credit: Music Box Films)

The great social-issue dramas were great because there was a raging social issue at stake. "To Kill a Mockingbird," to cite an oft-cited example, appeared at a time when minds needed to be changed about civil-rights legislation. "Any Day Now," which is about gay adoption rights in 1979 California, might not actually set the cause back, but it is a bit less burning in its relevance: Right now, Florida seems to be the state with the most regressive laws regarding same-sex adoption.

Of more immediate concern to most moviegoers will be the state of "Any Day Now," which is generally abysmal. The screenplay never met a cliche it didn't embrace, the direction (by Travis Fine) is rudimentary, and then there's Alan Cumming, usually a very likable performer (and a tart host of "Masterpiece Mystery!") who puts the Queens in drag queens as Rudy.

Rudy saves Marco (Isaac Leyva), who has Down syndrome, from his junkie mother and then, with his fresh-from-the-closet boyfriend, Paul (Garret Dillahunt of "Raising Hope"), wages a small war against the homophobic California court system of the late '70s.

Rudy is about as abrasive as possible -- Cumming, a Scot, plays his transplanted New York character as if he were an extra in a '30s Warner Bros. movie. And he gets a chance to sing! The subplot involves Rudy breaking out of a drag-queen lip-synching scene and unsheathing his real voice (see: metaphor), which he uses to eviscerate Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" as the end credits -- and eyes -- begin to roll.

For all the moral umbrage of "Any Day Now," viewers will be left in a quandary: Should people with no musical talent be allowed to adopt children?


PLOT In 1979, a gay couple tries to save a kid with Down syndrome from a negligent mother and a negligent system.

RATING R (language, adult content, drug use)

CAST Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher

LENGTH 1:37

BOTTOM LINE Treacly, obvious, badly scripted drama that seems intended to provide a showcase for actor Alan Cumming's, uh, singing.

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