This drama is well-meaning and well-acted, and it has a very positive message, but it doesn't set its hook deeply. Longtime character actor Lynch beautifully carries Anything with his settled, believably open performance. In small roles as Early's brother-in-law and nephew, respectively, Christopher Thornton and Tanner Buchanan read as genuinely compassionate. And Tierney delivers as Early's loving but uptight sister, Laurette.
The film's theme of love beyond boundaries (gender, orientation, personal history, whatever) is certainly worthy. But the central romance is less convincing than, say, the one in Happy, Texas or, certainly, the blazing passion of Call Me by Your Name. The key moments of falling for each other are given short shrift, reduced to a montage (a sequence in which Early helps Freda through withdrawal builds their bond, but not sufficiently to sell their budding romance). This should be a monumental moment for both, a sea change for Early and a very difficult leap of faith for Freda. For some reason, those stakes don't quite play, though Bomer does introduce some self-doubt to the equation. Ultimately, Anything feels like a film you wanted to like more.