In Alan Cumming's latest (and generally disappointing) film Suffering Man's Charity, he plays an effeminate cello teacher who's slowly losing his mind. If only the rest of the movie matched up with Cumming's over-the-top performance, there might be a few more complimentary things to say about the flick. As it stands, the thing wavers between broad comedy, dark humor and mild thriller territory, never once settling on an approach ... and suffering mightily because of it.
Actor/director Alan Cumming (who last directed the very solid flick known as The Anniversary Party) seems to be going for "cult status" with Suffering Man's Charity, but it's the filmmaker's central performance that'd probably prevent any status from arriving. The guy plays a skittery, borderline manic nutjob called John Vandermark who has a soft spot for handsome young men, and quickly becomes over-smitten with any hunk who'll give him the time of day. Unfortunately, Vandermark's most recent "boyfriend" is a scheming and opportunistic young writer (David Boreanaz) who accepts John's hospitality and gives very little in return.
At first our poor protagonist gives the hunky Sebastian every benefit of every doubt, but once a handful of bills start rolling in, Vandermark reaches his boiling point ... and poor Sebastian ends up dead, which allows John to appropriate the young stud's manuscript for his very own. And so he does, becoming a wildly popular novelist in the process.