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Any Day Now Review

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    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Depictions of custody battles have become a cinematic staple, but few register with the heartfelt emotion of Any Day Now.

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OK for kids 16+

Drama about parenting, discrimination is moving but clunky.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Any Day Now is an affecting, 1970s-set drama about gay parenting rights that has strong themes of tolerance and love. But it also deals with fairly mature issues/scenarios, including a junkie neglecting her mentally disabled son (and what happens to him because of it), a gross miscarriage of justice, and what it's like to remain closeted about your sexual orientation to keep your job. Expect some swearing ("s--t" and "damn"), drinking (at bars) and drug use, as well as a same-sex couple kissing in bed.

  • Families can talk about how society viewed the LGBT community in the late 1970s. How does Any Day Now handle the topic of discrimination? Have things changed since then?
  • How does the film depict Marco's mother as a parent? Is she sympathetic at all?
  • Why weren't many people supportive of Rudy and Paul caring for Marco? Do you think things would be different if the story took place today?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Families aren't all the same, and home/stability can come in many forms. People step up to help those in need. But on the flip side, society unfortunately doesn't always support people's efforts to help those in need.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Rudy and Paul stand up to the prejudices of their time in the name of saving Marco's life and giving him a better, more stable family. But many others in Marco's life don't have his best interests at heart and are blinded by their own biases.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A woman screams and neglects her child and disrespects her neighbor. Some screaming arguments.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A loving couple is shown kissing in bed, their chests exposed. Some sexual innuendo.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes "s--t," "damn," "bitch," and derogatory terms used against homosexuals.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A woman is shown snorting coke while her young, mentally disabled son is nearby. There are discussions about her being a junkie and picking up men to support her habit. Characters drink at bars.