It sounds like something
from Channel 5’s afternoon schedule – gay couple in 1970s L.A. battle for
custody of a neglective neighbour’s Down syndrome son – but Travis Fine’s drama
digs considerably deeper into its every scene and character. Alan Cumming is
Rudy, a drag artist railing against the insistence good dads don’t wear
blusher; Garret Dillahunt his boyfriend Paul, a divorced lawyer who has an in
with the system, if uncomfortable ties to the macho world of the bar. Fine
never rushes his plot points, instead painting a picture of this generally
unfabulous moment in muted brown production design, and allowing his actors to
unpick this case’s nuances: he’s fostered a credibly guarded turn from
Dillahunt, and Cumming’s most modulated and affecting screen performance yet.
It’s fighting a small fight, honestly and with commendable integrity; the kid –
young Isaac Leyva – is a real heartbreaker, too.