Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
USA, 2000. Revision Studios, Wey-Man Productions, Peoples Productions. Screenplay by Max Mitchell. Cinematography by Jeff Orsa. Produced by Jasper Cole, Max Mitchell, Carl Peoples. Music by Barry Coffing. Production Design by Robert L. Smith. Costume Design by Rochelle Best. Film Editing by Christopher Koefoed.
A junkie’s two sons are taken into custody by Children’s Aid after she abandons them for the umpteenth time. Not knowing what else to do with these kids who have suffered every aspect of the system, the social worker, who has known them since they were babies, places the kids in foster care with an upwardly mobile gay couple in Beverly Hills. The kids are holy terrors, but the couple does their best to accommodate them because they want to be approved for adopting a baby and know that this is the best way to prove themselves fit. One half of the couple is also a family counselor who decides to try and get to the heart of what makes these kids nasty, while the other can’t wait to get rid of them. When the children’s mother shows up to make trouble, even she is somehow worked into the situation and helps turn this once peaceful house into a very strange family matter. What should have been a pleasant, audience-pleasing comedy-drama falls flat on its face thanks to bad direction and completely unconvincing performances: this level of low-budget filmmaking doesn’t often allow for enough rehearsal or filming time to really polish what filmmakers try to create, but there’s no reason for the mawkish dialogue or the fact that the film runs way too long at 120 minutes.