A determined weepie,
The actors are willing — in the case of
One night, the tense but appealing Paul (
Rudy's junkie neighbor neglects her teenager with Down syndrome, a sweet boy named Marco (Isaac Leyva, whose smile in close-up is the picture's greatest asset). Left to his own wanderings, Marco is taken in, more or less on the sly, by Rudy and Paul, the latter working in the district attorney's office. The picture poses a simple question: Will this gay couple be allowed to legally adopt the boy they so clearly are qualified to parent?
Along the way, "Any Day Now" cannot help but yank at your heartstrings. But there's a serious problem of focus regarding Rudy, onstage and off. Too much of the picture plays like a Cumming audition reel. "Here's your chance to kick open that closet door and do some of that world-changing," he is required to say at one point, when his boyfriend despairs. That is a nearly unsayable line, and too much of "Any Day Now" founders in cliche and predictable table-turning and point-scoring instead of building a set of complicated characters at odds with a biased system.
Postscript, and I think this may be a good general rule for anybody making any sort of movie: If you set a scene at a special-needs classroom assembly where everyone's singing "America the Beautiful" and young Marco is taking the lead, you shouldn't bother with indulgent cutaway shots of one of the dads (Cumming) beaming with pride, on the verge of tears yet again, defiant but vulnerable, vulnerable but defiant.