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Come as You Are

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Touching, mature road comedy about people with disabilities.

Movie NR 2020 106 minutes
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A remake of a 2011 Belgian film, this funny, heartwarming road comedy perfectly translates to English and also smoothly overcomes the potential pitfalls of too many creaky formula twists. Director Richard Wong brings the same kind of surprising freshness to Come as You Are that was evident in his delightful (and little-seen) Colma: The Musical. He somehow transcends cliché with a burst of sheer brightness and joy. On paper, the four main characters could easily be "types," locked into certain behaviors, but the writing, directing, and acting bring them all to life.

Rosenmeyer is plenty of fun, with his own brand of swagger. He's loud, rude, and infantile but still somehow lovable; he comes from a place of hurt and truth. The other characters also effectively layer levels of humanity into their performances, making them pop into three dimensions. The parents -- delightfully played by Janeane Garofalo and C.S. Lee, among others -- are likewise heartfelt, not just pursuing buzzkillers. Better still, Come as You Are is brave enough to take the final step, exploring precisely what a sexual encounter actually means for these men, without being graphic, and coming up with a most satisfying conclusion.

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