There’s been some debate on various forums regarding having three
able-bodied actors playing three people with disabilities. The one thing
that I can say is that the performances of Grant Rosenmeyer, Hayden Szeto
and Ravi Patel, in the lead roles, certainly don’t make light of peoples
disabilities and each performance is absolutely fantastic.
Come As You Are is based on the true story of American Asta Philpot.
Philpot lives with arthrogryposis, a condition limiting physical movement.
During a holiday to Spain in 2006 he heard of a legal brothel with access
for wheelchair users, he subsequently visited the place and lost his
His story has been told a few times before, mostly notably in a BBC
documentary and in the 2011 Belgium film “Hasta La Vista”. Hollywood has
now picked up the story and transferred it from Europe to America.
Sticking closely to the Belgian original the story centres around three
grown up males who, because of their disabilities, live with, and are
heavily reliant on, their overbearing parents.
Scotty (Grant Rosenmeyer), whose disability means that he’s completely
reliant on both a wheelchair and his mother (Janeane Garofalo), is just
about at the point where he thinks life has gotten the better of him when
he sees, on the internet, an advert for a Canadian brothel that caters for
people with disabilities.
Scotty, who is mostly rude and hostile to anyone he meets, attends a
physical therapy centre, here he meets Matt (Hayden Szeto), a former
athlete who is now confined to a wheelchair. Matt’s condition is never
revealed to the audience and unlike Scotty, Matt has the use of arms.
Making up the trio is 35 year old Mo (Ravi Patel), a blind worker at the
clinic, who is overly cautious about everything and has severe reservations
about making the journey.
The three virgins then hire a van, driven by, not he nurse that they were
expecting but by Sam (Gabourey Sibibie) a no nonsense taxi driver, and they
head off in search of their quest.
Come As You Are is a heart-warming feel good comedy that’s as touching as
it is funny. There’s not a single bad performance in a film that comes
highly recommended. Don’t miss.