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Review Come As You Are – a journey without sentimentalism | Comedy movies

Scotty is a virgin. Paraplegic from birth, he blames his disability for his lack of success with the ladies. But, as his brutally candid friends point out, the main reason Scotty fails to score is his horrid personality. A remake of the Belgian comedy-drama Hasta la vista, Come as you are is a quick and sentimental road trip, which follows Scotty (Grant Rosenmeyer), fellow wheelchair user Matt (Hayden Szeto) and Mo (Ravi Patel), visually impaired, as they embark on a secret adventure in Canada and at Château Paradis, a brothel that specifically caters to customers with reduced mobility. At the wheel of their minibus is Sam (Gabourey Sidibe), a pragmatic former nurse, who earns their respect early on by threatening Scotty with physical violence after persisting in calling her “my darling”.

The film loses points for its decision to choose competent actors in the central roles, but explores its theme of sexuality and disability with admirable candor. An opening scene, which sees Scotty waking up to the aftermath of an erotic dream brought to light by his mother, provides insight into his daily humiliations and explains the rough edges of his temper. The script, by Erik Linthorst, is particularly acute when it comes to deaf empathy. “My cousin’s brother-in-law has Down’s syndrome,” said a traffic policeman. “I to have this.”

Come As You Are is on Curzon Home Cinema, then on multiple platforms