DATELINE: Gay Grandparents
A big budget, well-acted gay comedy is not to be taken lightly. It’s as rare as hen’s teeth.
This one features a couple of solid actors: Steve Coogan often is unrecognized, falling into parts like the protagonist who helps Philomena. In this film Ideal Home, he is a refugee from La Cage aux Folles.
Coogan’s partner is Paul Rudd (who plays a Red Sox catcher and real-life spy in another recent movie). He too can strike many poses. The two actors play a TV producer and his celebrity chef star and boyfriend. They are convincing.
Their extravagant and funny life is complicated when a nine-year old grandson of Coogan shows up in a shocking surprise. The foul-mouthed kid is not adorable, and the ultimate fuss over him seems implausible. He is pedestrian.
The strain put on the middle-aged gay couple is the source of humor and good-natured joking. It could have gone over the line and been offensive to gay people, but good actors tend to prevent that liability.
Alas, the plot is routine. The ne-er-do-well son of Coogan’s chef wants his son back when he is released from prison. Apparently, there is no problem with returning custody of a child to a convict.
The two grandfathers have, rather expectedly, grown accustomed to the child (for reasons that escape our comprehension).
Since this is a fun picture, you can expect an ending worthy of the Friends of Judy, which literally seems to come true.
All in all, it is a frivolous entertainment, and you could do worse than spending time with these loose cannons.
When a gnarly little boy is sent off to live with his gay grandfather who is a TV celeb chef, you have merriment galore.
This is enhanced with really good actors like Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan giving it their gay walkabout in a luxurious Santa Fe ranchero home.