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come as you are

director: richard wong (Yes, we are open)
starring: Grant Rosenmeyer, hayden szeto, ravi patel and Gabourey Sidibe


REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★★★

Three young men with disabilities (Grant Rosenmeyer, Hayden Szeto, and Ravi Patel) flee their overbearing parents on a road trip to a brothel in Montreal catering to people with special needs. Sam (Gabourey Sidibe), a traveling nurse, drives the three guys across the border as they go on this trip to lose their virginity and embrace their independence.

 

Based on a documentary and the 2011 Belgian flick Hasta La Vista, Come As You Are is a touching tale with a compassionate and well articulated argument that consensual sex should be an experience open to everyone no matter what. 

 

Come As You are isn’t just some morose drama, there is plenty of heart and humour to be found here too. Mo, who is blind, has to drive the van at one point and is pulled over by police and declares in a panic, “We’re not drug mules, we’re virgins'' which is one scene played extremely well with great comic timing. 

 

But in between all the gag set pieces there is an incredible warmth to be found here, which is primarily found due to the beauty of the performances here.

 

Not your typical trying to get laid comedy, Come As You Are is a tale with heart that will warm even the coldest of hearts.

★★★★

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Come As You Are is available on disc and digital from all good retailers.