December 7, 2012

From a late-2012 San Francisco perspective, Any Day Now and In the Family feel profoundly anachronistic. Is it the films, which center on gay men fighting for the social acceptance and legal right to raise children in 1970s Los Angeles and present-day Tennessee (respectively), or is it your enlightened and trusted critic? I have to at least concede the possibility that I'm the one who's out of step, and that my (our?) evolved belief that gay parenting is a non-issue may not be universally endorsed by the majority of our fellow Americans. Then again, perhaps the Supreme Court's apparent reluctance to weigh in on gay marriage (the court may or may not take up the issue tomorrow) is a signal that they recognize the direction in which our society is moving. My "education," notably a handful of documentaries on gay adoption, isn't everyone's, admittedly. (Generally, all it takes is one doc to soften long-held stances.) Nonfiction filmmakers nowadays regularly expose and examine social issues years before narrative filmmakers muster the moxie and financial backing, but the average multiplex-going movie fan isn't seeking out those movies.