Any Day Now

Any Day Now is built on two certainties: Rudy Donatello (Alan Cumming) and Paul Fleiger (Garret Dillahunt) never question their ability to care for Marco (Isaac Leyva), a teenager with Down syndrome; and director/co-writer Travis Fine asserts that gay couples make excellent adoptive parents, even before it’s legal. Aspiring singer Rudy is performing in a low-rent Los Angeles drag show in 1979 when he meets Paul, an uptight and closeted assistant district attorney. That same night, Rudy encounters Marco, left alone by his junkie single mother. Rudy takes in Marco and within a week, they’ve moved in with Paul. Their instant family is happy, secure, and committed, an oasis of loving tolerance in a desert of homophobia and institutional bias. Despite its morality tale formula, Any Day Now is heartfelt and engaging, with the fiery Cumming and cool Dillahunt transforming gay stereotypes into multifaceted men. A naturalistic 1970s style helps ground Fine’s fable, but it’s his use of music that provides emotional heft. Alan Cumming transforms Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” into a searing lament for a son he’d never imagined having, and then couldn’t imagine living without.

Review by Serena Donadoni
Released on December 14, 2012 by Music Box Films
Originally appeared in Indiewire.

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