Best of Fest: Come As You Are - Comedy Sheds Light on the Sexual Strife of Persons with Disabilities
Written by Erik Linthorst and directed by Richard Wong, Come As You Are is a road trippin’ comedy brings the laughs while having something serious to say about the physical, and let’s be honest, sexual connection that often evades most disabled persons. Such a subject can be a hard sell for moviegoers, but the truth behind the story is a captivating one that resonates with anyone who understands the need for human contact.
The film’s story is roughly based on the experiences of Asta Philpot. He has arthrogryposis, a muscle disorder which causes numerous joint contractures at birth, and impairs movement. It should be noted that another version of Philpot’s story was brought to the screen in a Belgium film of the same name in 2011. In this latest adaptation, the role most closely mirroring his experience is channeled through ‘Scotty,’ amusingly played by Grant Rosenmeyer.
Scotty, who is twenty four in the film, is recommended a brothel in Canada that caters to disabled people. His character puts on a thick-protective exterior, not seeming to allow anyone too close to him, emotionally. Needing to split the cost for a rental van and driver, Scotty gathers two semi-friends from the clinic to join him. Ravi Patel plays the smart, sensitive and reluctant type, while Hayden Szeto’s character has a chip on his shoulder that keeps you wondering what it is he’s hiding. The three enlist the help of Gabourey Sidibe’s character, ‘Sam’ to drive them to the Canadian brothel. Remake of the acclaimed Belgian film 'Hasta La Vista'.
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