An ‘Ideal’ event for OUT at the Movies
For the next installment in its ongoing series of special events, Winston-Salem’s International LGBT Film Festival “OUT at the Movies” will present a special sneak peek of writer/director Andrew Fleming’s comedy Ideal Home, starring Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd, at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts ACE Theatre Complex in Winston-Salem on May 12.
Coogan plays Erasmus, the host of a popular reality-T.V. culinary series, and Rudd plays Paul, his long-suffering producer and life partner. Their comfortable, if combustible, relationship is thrown into chaos when Erasmus’s estranged son Beau (Jake McDorman) turns up with his son Angel (Jack Gore) in tow, essentially leaving the lad on their doorstep. Erasmus was never anyone’s idea of a perfect father, and he’s certainly unprepared to be a grandfather.
When it comes to dysfunctional families, this one’s about as dysfunctional – and uproarious – as they come. Yet maybe, just maybe, they can come to a better understanding of each other and of the responsibilities they must face as adults.
Rex Welton, co-founder and director of the OUT at the Movies screening series and annual film festival, calls Ideal Home “a really funny yet touching movie.”
Coogan and Rudd previously appeared together in A Night at the Museum (2006) and Our Idiot Brother (2011), and Coogan and Fleming earlier collaborated on the high-school send-up Hamlet 2. Fleming made his feature debut with the cult horror hit Bad Dreams (1988) – which hinted at his penchant for dark humor – and followed with such popular films as The Craft (1996), Nancy Drew (2007), and the inspired Watergate spoof Dick (1999).
In his review for the website Gay Essential, reviewer Matt Micucci praised Ideal Home. “While the film generates many laughs, they are neither at the expense of its lead characters nor reliant on gay stereotypes. The film also works thanks to the balanced lead performances by Coogan and Rudd, (who) share great chemistry as both a comedy duo and as an on-screen long-term couple who feel like they don’t have to try so hard anymore. Fleming’s film is a warm and fuzzy light-hearted comedy that successfully updates conventional depictions of queerness and family in a comedy film.”
Reviewing the film for SWITCH. when it played at the Melbourne (Australia) Queer Film Festival, Charlie David Page wrote that Steve Coogan is “obviously having a ball in this role.”
“His flamboyant and childish Erasmus certainly has the temperament of a spoilt T.V. personality,” Page wrote. “Paul Rudd, on the other hand, is marvelous as his better half, the solid rock and responsible adult. Surprisingly, these two do make a convincing couple, both in the frequently heated arguments and in the more tender moments of the film. Ideal Home is a huge amount of fun, with some dark, real moments peppered throughout for a real kick. With just enough sweetness to balance the mixture out, this is a surprisingly endearing film – albeit with a healthy serving of vulgarity.”
This year marks the 15th year of the OUT at the Movies screening series, and “the series has been doing really well,” said Welton, noting the solid attendance at such earlier screenings as The Fabulous Allan Carr and Rebels On Pointe earlier in 2018.
“BB&T, the presenting sponsor of our festival for the last three years, just stepped up to the plate to become the presenting sponsor of our series as well. We are thrilled with this partnership!”
The fifth annual OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Fest is scheduled for Oct. 4-7. Sponsorships are available beginning at $100, and festival passes are already available for $75. All the details regarding the upcoming festival can be found at www.outatthemovieswinston.org.
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The “sneak preview” of Ideal Home will take place 7 p.m. May 12 at the ACE Exhibition Complex on the main campus of UNCSA School of Filmmaking, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. Tickets are $8 (advance) or $9 (at the door). For advance tickets or more information, call 336.918.0902 or visit the official OUT at the Movies website: https://outatthemovieswinston.org/.