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REVIEW: Ideal Home

July 6, 2018

Director: Andrew Fleming
Screenplay: Andrew Fleming
Starring: Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd, Alison Pill, Jake McDorman, Jack Gore
Runtime: 91 Minutes

 

★★★☆☆

 

Ideal Home follows wealthy TV chef Erasmus Brumble (Steve Coogan) and Paul Morgan (Paul Rudd), a gay couple whose life is turned inside out when a ten-year-old boy shows up at their door claiming to be Erasmus' grandson. Neither Paul, nor Erasmus, are ready to give up their extravagant lifestyles to be parents, but maybe this little kid has a thing or two to teach them about the value of family.

 

Coogan's self-absorbed and culturally pedantic TV personality with a preposterous surname carries more than a whiff of his Alan Partridge persona at points, such as his bewilderment at the existence of Taco Bell, but Rudd gets most of the heavy lifting with a lot demanded of the parental role that has been thrust upon him. It's just a shame that the child role filled by Jack Gore feels very thin, stiff and kind of unlikable even when his expected arc comes into play. 

 

Fleming's screenplay isn't a riot exactly but it does know how to make the most of its stars on screen. Even if there is some issue to take with so many of the gags falling on the very presence of a gay couple being on screen, it's still nice to see such representation regardless.

 

As formulaic and predictable as the entire setup is - and writer/director Andrew Fleming offers little in the way of any genuine surprise or alteration to the form - it mostly gets by on the chemistry of its leading men.

 

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