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Paul and Erasmus are a bickering couple with an extravagant life. But when Bill, the grandson Erasmus never knew he had, shows up at their dinner party with nowhere else to go, the couple reluctantly decide to take him in. Despite the difficulties of incorporating a child into their lives, Bill grows on them. But when Bill's father is released from prison and comes to take back his son, the men realize that you don't fight with your family, you fight for them.
Really when you think about it, it's the same plot as the majority of modern dramas; present your protagonists, explain why their relationship is strained, add another element that threatens the relationship. I guess is just how dramas work. Adding an unexpected child into the mix is par for the course, so the film isn't really breaking any new ground. The only thing that makes this film unique is it's use of a same-sex couple as the protagonists, and is the source of the majority of the laughs in this comedic drama.
The conflicting personalities of Rudd and Coogan's characters, Paul and Erasmus (interesting that Paul Rudd gets to play a character of the same name) are what makes this work so well. The very different personalities are effectively on both ends of the personality spectrum, which means there is a high chance that the audience can empathise with the flamboyant, devil-may-care attitude of Erasmus, or the controlling responsibility and unequal love that Paul feels. Jack Gore does a brilliant job as "Bill", and walks that line between annoying and lovable, with ease. His portrayal of a cold, untrusting child with past emotional distresses is superb, and he was a good choice. The unequivocal difficulties of raising a child are on show, and it's a wholesome humour.
Ideal Home has an ulterior motive, and it's pretty plain to see by the trailer and synopsis. Attempting to use mainstream Hollywood films to reassure the general public that same-sex partners can raise a child. The good thing about it, is that it isn't in your face about it. In fact, Rudd and Coogan's onscreen romantic relationship comes across so authentically that you forget about their portrayed sexuality, as it just feels like any other couple. It isn't until the film ends and the preliminary credits start to roll, with a rolling slideshow of same-sex partners and their happy children, that the veil is dropped completely and the the ulterior motive jumps out and slaps you in the face. I didn't think that same-sex partners having children was still an issue, but if it is, then kudos to Andrew Fleming, Rudd, and Coogan for getting involved.
As a parting comment, I've gotta say, Paul Rudd really suits the bearded look.
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