“Any Day Now”: Gay Adoption of Special Needs Child

Any Day Now is a new film in limited release as of today. The story, inspired by real events, was written by director Travis Fine and George Arthur Bloom. Here’s the description according to the website:

Winner of 10 Audience Awards at film festivals around the country and starring the amazing Alan Cumming, ANY DAY NOW is a powerful tale of love, acceptance and family. When a teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) takes him in and becomes the loving family he’s never had. But when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own. Inspired by a true story from the late 1970s, ANY DAY NOW touches on legal and social issues that are as relevant today as they were 35 years ago.

Reviews, though not yet plentiful, are mostly positive.

Frank ScheckHollywood Reporter: “Powerful! Superb! Depictions of custody battles have become a cinematic staple, but few register with the heartfelt emotion of Any Day Now.”

Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film: “…a touching story of romantic and platonic love and a contemplative but stinging indictment of prejudice in the world of the Seventies, when being gay is considered to be at least as much of an ‘affliction’ as suffering Down’s Syndrome.”

Marshall Fine, The Huffington Post:

…(T)his isn’t a movie about prejudice so much as a tale of fear of the unfamiliar: Both the gay men and the handicapped teen are societal outsiders, kept out of the mainstream by bias and tremulousness about something unknown. Blinkered sexual attitudes (masquerading as religious or moral beliefs) plague the men; the handicapped have long struggled with the kind of social compartmentalization that keeps them out of sight and mind.

Ella Taylor, NPR:

It would take a heart of stone — or zero tolerance for soap — to resist Any Day Now, a full-throttle weepie about a West Hollywood gay couple trying to adopt a neglected boy with Down syndrome.

Melissa AndersonVillage Voice:

Any Day Now…has virtuous aims but horrible storytelling    instincts. Straining for ‘teachable moments,’ the film has one noteworthy, unintentional function: to remind us that though LGBT rights are continually evolving, the laws of kitsch remain immutable.

So…Kitschy or not so kitschy? Here’s the trailer:

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