Critical Words: Melissa Anderson Takes Care of “Any Day Now”

The gay male weepie is a movie subgenre that’s a little past its sell-by date one would think. But no, Alan Cumming assays a Queens’ (or queen’s) accent to “Any Day Now.” Melissa Anderson of SF Weekly is not impressed.

Any Day Now is homo history repurposed as courtroom soap opera….

But Cumming’s character, saddled with the worst dialogue in the film, is an unholy hybrid of Dolly Levi and pride-parade steering committee member. “Trust me, honey, we can all do with a little extra luck in this crazy world,” Rudy says to Marco before mailing off his demo tape to club owners — a superfluous subplot that allows Cumming to do some actual belting, including a maudlin cover of “I Shall Be Released,” a lyric from which gives this film its title.

The trailer for your delectation. Gay Lifetime Movie Channel, where are thou?

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