RELEASE DATE: 10/04/2014
RUN TIME: 1HR 38MIN
|GEORGE ARTHUR BLOOM|
Set in late 1970s Los Angeles, a poor but happy club drag queen Rudy Donatello (Alan Cumming) is a carefree lover of life and men until a few chance meetings change his life forever. Not only does Rudy meet closeted district attorney Paul Fliger (Garret Dillahunt) at the club one night, but soon after discovers Marco (Isaac Leyva), the 14-year-old son of his drug addict neighbour, abandoned in an apartment. Although Marco is diagnosed with Down syndrome, Rudy and Paul choose to take care of him instead of turning him over to the authorities, and the couple face personal, private and judicial prejudice as they fight to keep their unorthodox yet deeply loving family together.
With adoption laws only just recently changing in Australia, and gay marriage laws still being debated, this film couldn’t come at a more prevalent time. Cumming is magical in his role. The drag queen aspect isn’t much of a stretch for the Tony-winning actor, nor is convincingly portraying a gay man, but it’s the overwhelming heart he brings to the character that has already earned him a multitude of awards and continues to please fans. He, along with on-screen love Dillahunt, are brilliant and balanced together as they perfectly play off each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Newcomer Isaac Leyva is the light in this otherwise dim film, due simply to the subject matter and its outcome, not the film or its performances. Leyva shines on screen as both a broken and restored person in need of the love he deserves.
Bring tissues, your conscience and you social moral responsibly - this one is going to kick you in the guts, but in the end you’re going to thank them for it.