Any Day Now

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7.51 h 38 min2012R
Based on a true story from the 1970s, Any Day Now is a powerful tale of love, acceptance and family. When a teenager with Down syndrome is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple take him in and become the loving family he's never had. But when their living arrangement is discovered, 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.
Directors
Travis Fine
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Alan CummingGarret Dillahunt
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Drama
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English [CC]
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English

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MoneyManReviewed in the United States on October 11, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Powerful and Very Heartbreaking Film
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I'll try not to print spoilers here, but if I do, I apologize. This is one of the most powerful, gut wrenching films I've seen in a long time. While I wasn't the least bit surprised by the strong performance given by Alan Cummings, Garrett Dillahunt, Frances Fisher, Gregg Henry and especially Isaac Leyva as Marco (the focus of this story) all gave performances that should have been worthy of consideration for an Oscar. While this story may have the typical movie-of-the-week storyline of how love can overcome hate. prejudice and bigotry, the performances coupled with the story should make even the most staunch opponents of same sex marriage or relationships think twice about their beliefs and think about the best interest of a child, particularly one that no one seems to want except for our two protagonists.

I only stumbled onto this film because I was browsing through Prime Video's catalog for free movies to watch. I never even heard of this film until I read the synopsis and said to myself, "huh, this sounds interesting!" Well, there's very few films that actually chokes me up in the end: The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and Schindler's List are several that immediately come to mind. I'll add this one to the list. This is an absolute must-watch. Be forewarned: this is one of those type of films that will make you smile, experience rage, intense exasperation, strong sorrow and ultimately powerlessness. No one should have to go through that watching a film, but it puts what's important in life in its proper perspective.
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~ XLNTMOMMY ~Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
WOW . just Wow .. surpringly Wonderful, Touching, Poignant, and done well ..
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WOw ! just wow .. ! right when I thought all amazon movies are 'B' types and slow, this appears .. what a surprisingly wonderful find ..

Im close to 60 yrs old .. I dont really care about gay, race etc .. though there ARE commonalities in any group, or sub-set, I will tell you I was living on an island (Key West, FL) for almost a decade, with a higher gay 'per capita' ratio, than the 'gay capitol' (at that time) of san francisco, CA .. gays werent just my hairdresser, but in all genres, they were my bank teller, and my telephone guy, and my real estate agent, etc, etc .. so I learned much even though (Im straight/hetero) and even tho it was many, many years ago ..

this movie (without giving too much away) was a true effort and I was genuinely surprised by the stellar performance by the actor who played 'donatello' .. what a remarkable job he did .. personable and believeable .. just a terrific job and he played the character perfectly .. every line, every look, you knew exactly what he was thinking and he really made the part ..

this whole movie gel'd .. the pace was fitting, the setting, relationships, dialogue, characters, portrayal, depth of interaction, script, editing, filming (though I will take issue with the shirts ! its supposed to be the 70s ?? if so, those collars are not large enough !) but all of it was just done so well .. easy to follow, substance of storyline, people you actually get to know .. and a truly sad ending .. (again, without giving too much away ..) I will tell you that I I got weepy-eyed and teary ..

whoever the boy marco was played by did a great job too .. but the main character (the States Atty guy) and especially donatello, really, really kept the plot together ..

lastly, I also hav to add, because I feel this is so important .. whoever does the EDITING of any movies' final result, also needs to be given a huge amount of credit as well .. it is what pieces it together ..

this deserves no less than the best .. like a little (just a smidge) lesser version of 'philadelphia', but still captivating .. this gets 5 stars easy ..
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MichelleReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
All Families Are Different
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A gay couple take in a teenager with Down syndrome who has been abandoned by his mother and become the loving family he's never had. When their living situation is discovered, the men are forced to fight a bias legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own. An emotional true story from the late 1970's, with excellent performances by Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt. These men were willing to raise a special needs child that no one else wanted. The type of home they provided should have been the only factor in the court's decision NOT their sexual orientation. Unfortunately, the legal system doesn't always recognize what is truly best for the child. LGBTQ+ rights have come a long way since then but sadly, not far enough. It's a shame this film doesn't have a wider audience. 4.5/5
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Alber LeeReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
What's in the best interest of any child?
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Travis Fine, writer and director of this movie, is straight. Main actors Alan Cumming is bisexual and Garret Dillahunt is presumably straight as he married his current wife in 2007. It took these three men to make a phenomenal film of love and acceptance. Sadly, this poignant true story premiered in 2014 in England. Why did it need to premiere in England? Because the death and story of an innocent 15 year old boy with Downs Syndrome can't be judged on its merits. In 2014 USA it is still controversial for gay parents to be "in the best interest of the child." Wow.
This a wonderful wholesome story about love between two adults and a child. You learn at the end Marco, the boy, walked for 3 days through a very rough part of LA towards skid row, without incident, to die under an underpass. His cause of death was the U.S. Justice System and Judeo Christian prejudices in current American society. The most dangerous elements were people who were sure they were right. We need much more change.
High HopesReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
VERY, VERY GOOD FILM
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This isn't a Disney flic, all cheery and bright. It's dark and muddy and real. The acting is outstanding and the story is all too true. I had an aunt with Downs and I learned more about what's important in life from her than from anyone else in my life, and I'm also the adoptive parent of a special needs child. The system is cold and hard and mean, and what's best for the child rarely enters the picture. This film can serve as a real eye-opener about how important loving relationships are -- no matter how they're shaped, and how opportunities to let at-risk kids walk through those few good doors that open to them are, even when the bureaucrats lean the other way -- which is way way way too often. We should all help make that system change in major ways. If you don't have first-hand experience in 'the system', please believe that it's worse that you can probably imagine.
kimReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely incredible
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I fell in love with Alan Cumming in the first ten minutes. What a force to be reckoned with! What I thought would be a slow boring movie was captivating. I was disappointed that the ending didn’t end as I’d hoped. Riveting, haunting, the movie took my breath away. You have to see this film in order to have lived and experienced the magnitude of it. Bravo, Bravo, Bravo.
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nancytReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really good
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I laughed, I cried.... I was very curious to see Alan Cumming as the only role I had seen him in was the uptight campaign manager in The Good Wife. I had listened to the audiobook of his memoirs, mainly just because it was available in my library (Overdrive). But I got interested in seeing him on other roles... wow, he has a really major acting range. In this movie he plays a transvestite gay man who takes a protective interest in the son of his abusive prostitute neighbor. The son has Downs Syndrome. Cummings' character also falls in love with the not-yet-out-of-the-closet assistant DA who walks into the club where he works one night. The plot unfolds from there. He is often very melodramatic. But you gotta love him anyhow.
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RARA AVISReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully Told
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Compelling story about prejudice and its human toll. While so many are in need of the simplest life has to offer others are standing on soapboxes spewing opinions derived from their own fear without a thought of the consequences their baseless prejudice have on the greater whole
This movie provided a much needed view especially in 2021. Excellent performances.
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