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Plot: Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life. Runtime: 106 mins Release Date: 30 Jul 2010
The Kids Are All Right focuses on a lesbian couple and their two children who were both conceived by a sperm donation bank donor. The couple are the fairly high strung Nic, who is a gynaecologist and her mellow and laid backed partner Jules, who is now attempting a landscaping business. Their two children are now both teenagers. The girl is just turned 18 years old, Joni, and the boy is the younger of the two named Laser. Now that Joni has turned 18, both her and Laser, have a strong curiosity as to who their sperm donor father actually is. So after a couple of phone calls and confidentiality <more>
agreements, the donor father named Paul, agrees to meet with both Joni and Laser, and while their first meeting is a bit awkward they want to continue to see one another. Afterwards Nic and Jules find out about this because it was done in secret , they agree that they want to meet Paul as well, who agrees and that is when the movie takes off and this new relationship between the kids and Paul as well as the two mothers and Paul will become a bit of a problem and their American suburban lifestyle and home may suffer because of it. I absolutely loved The Kids Are All Right. Everything that belongs in a great Oscar winning movie is here. The performances from Annette Bening Nic , Julianne Moore Jules and Mark Ruffalo Paul are fantastic. They bring great depth and humour to their roles and they make the story and the characters they are portraying to be believable and we get to care for them and also feel for them. The writing here is also excellent. The way the film deconstructs the average American family and presents us with what is actually a family that over time is becoming quite dysfunctional and already having some problems to begin with and then bringing a new figure into their lives and bringing about different thoughts about the future, the current and what is best for everyone is discovered here. The film is at times very funny, but appropriately it never mocks the characters, or the situations they are in. It instead shows us a different type of family life, one we may not be as accustomed to, and shows that they have just as much love and flaws as any other family and that while they are still dysfunctional a lot of the time, there is still times where they get along well together and still perform well as a family. The different parenting styles from Nic, Jules and even Paul are on display here and while they each have their own way of doing things, we get to learn that they are all effective means of parenting and that these three, in their own way different characters, really do care about the kids. The confusion and awkwardness of adolescence and what the two teenage characters are going through is also shown here and they handle it as best they can in a believable and understandable way. The way the film shows everything as being so life like and realistic is one of the film's best qualities. At times we feel as if we are watching a reality television show only much better and more in tune with the people and what is going on. This film could have portrayed these characters in clichéd and atypical stereotypes that we get in just so many movies, but this one doesn't and puts aside the life style choices and focuses on the people within, which I felt was more intriguing, heartfelt and worked better as a film. Expect, Bening, Moore and Ruffalo to be up for acting Oscars next year as well as a Best Original Screenplay nod and I would not be surprised if this is nominated for Best Picture and even comes close to winning. The film is that good. We have a great character study, a film that resembles real life and is believable and is anchored by great performances and writing. This is certainly one of the best films of 2010 and I look forward to seeing this sweep the award season and with reason to.
Listen to all the critics on this one!! (by yan_c1212)
Critics are sometimes wrong but they are right on this one! This movie is brilliantly written and beautifully acted/directed. My husband and I laughed so hard together with all other audience members most of the time but yet I teared up during the emotional moments. And leaving the theaters, I resonated a lot with the story and actually felt a bit more hopeful and positive and had a smile on my face. Performance wise, I just love love Bening's performance!! But it is an ensemble piece and all cast members did a great job! The last movie that made me cried and laughed was The Last <more>
Station, but that movie felt a bit too heavy. This one is much more light-hearted and witty. Really something worth seeing. Highly recommended!!
I went to see this film with my mom who is 40, my grandma who is 65, my sister who is 18 and very judgmental , and of course myself, 17 yr old boy. I am a huge fan of movies, particularly independent films but all films really and I have been looking forward to this movie for quite a while now. Very rarely does a movie match my expectations after the critics rave about it, but this was one of the rare few that did. Amazing performances, amazing script, and amazing message. The whole gay marriage thing is treated exactly how it should be, the truth being that they are just a normal family <more>
with normal problems. It was really mainstream in its style rather than indie so it opens up to a wide audience. Very similar humor to "It's Complicated" except 1000x better. The reason I mentioned who I went to see it with is because we all thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and everyone said it was their favorite movie of 2010 SO it's definitely generational . Don't wait till its on DVD to see it because it is truly an incredible film. You will laugh a lot, cry some, and just when you are going to cry more, you will be hit with a laugh. A++++ Oscar-worthy performances? I hope!
Cholodenko's Funny, Mature Look at a Nuclear Family Has Universal Appeal (by EUyeshima)
Nora Ephron could take a few cues from Lisa Cholodenko "Laurel Canyon" on how to write and direct a movie about a recognizable human dilemma and the characters who have to deal with it. Now that I have seen this 2010 dramedy, I feel that this is basically the film that Ephron was trying to make with her 2009 Meryl Streep vehicle, "It's Complicated", a far more conventional comedy that took a long-estranged couple and threw a monkey wrench into their arrangement by introducing a plot device that had them reigniting embers they didn't realize still existed between <more>
them. In Cholodenko's film, the situation appears more unique - the long-standing couple, Jules and Nic, is lesbian, and the complicating factor is Paul, the common biological father who provided the sperm that produced their two children, Nic's 18-year-old daughter Joni and Jules' 15-year-old son Laser.Ironically, however, the treatment here, co-written with Stuart Blumberg, is far more textured and universal here than in Ephron's dependence on tired stereotypes and slapstick. The superb performances don't hurt either. The multi-layered story feels like a series of illuminations about these five characters. It begins when Joni and Laser decide to track down their sperm donor father without consulting their mothers. Paul turns out to be an easygoing, LA-style restaurateur and organic farmer, and as he begins to insinuate himself into the family's life, the director exposes the confused feelings of a family toward someone who's intractably part of them yet a complete stranger. Jules is intrigued, while Nic is suspicious and increasingly angry at someone she views as an interloper. At the same time, Cholodenko focuses attention on how Joni and Laser discover themselves sexually in a gay family with much of the comedy comes at the expense of Nic and Jules, who spice up their sex life with gay porn.Without resorting to stereotypes, the film succeeds in making this family seem quite ordinary with the kids constantly embarrassed by their moms' emotionalism and need for order. Jules and Nic have a marriage that looks like any straight one of twenty years duration. A certain brittleness has crept into Annette Bening's work of late, although the approach works well in her well-etched portrayal of Nic. She has a particularly strong dinner table scene where she is finally seduced by Paul's laid-back charms, sings a woozy rendition of Joni Mitchell's "All I Want", makes a shocking discovery in the bathroom, and then returns to the table in an engulfing haze of silent disappointment. As Paul, Mark Ruffalo appears to be doing a variation of the ne'er-do-well character he played in "You Can Count on Me" but gives him a shaggy, SoCal veneer of materialistic success.In a turn that reminds me a bit of "Annie Hall"-circa Diane Keaton, Julianne Moore plays the character that experiences the biggest arc in the story - nurturing and self-reflective one minute, spontaneous and regretful the next. For an actress often at home in period roles that require her to express repression, this feels like her most liberating work. As Joni, Mia Wasikowska - superb in Tim Burton's redux of "Alice in Wonderland" earlier this year - has the coltish manner of a young Gwyneth Paltrow and brings lucidity to her maturing character. Growing up from his cherubic turns in "Little Manhattan" and "The Bridge to Terabithia", Josh Hutcherson appears to be graduating to troubled adolescent roles with ease. Yaya DaCosta is so strikingly beautiful as the girl Paul conveniently keeps at bay that you almost overlook the serene presence she brings to her scenes. Cholodenko has no problem filming graphic lovemaking scenes, and they don't feel gratuitous to the story. It's rare when a film manages to be funny, mature and involving as this one does.
Excellent script and performances.... (by Red_Identity)
The Kids Are All Right is yet another dramedy about a dysfunctional family, but it is still an excellent film with a great script and performances.Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are excellent. Both are extremely versatile, and both flawed, but they play their characters with true respect for the script. Mark Ruffalo is also a nice addition, but If I had to choose the best, it would be Bening, simply because she has the most to play with. There is a great scene where she finally warms up to Ruffalo's character and starts her own rendition of one of her favorite songs in the dinner <more>
table. The best scene in the film, perfectly executed, and Bening certainly deserves an Oscar nomination for that scene alone. Mia Wasikowska also proves that she is a great talent to behold for the future. The ending is great, really touching and it rings especially with me because I am close to leaving for college next year as well.Overall, I regret not having seen this sooner, and it is definitely worth accolades for the script and performances.
Not for kids, but all of it was right for adults! (by meeza)
In a humdrum movie summer crammed with supercilious vampires, redundant CGI visuals, superficial socialites, and formulaic gross-out comedy, it is finally a welcome sight to see an authentic character-driven movie to stop this Bananaramish cruel-summer cinematic epidemic. I am referring to the refreshing and brilliant independent flick "The Kids Are All Right". Alrighty then, let me get to its plot! The terrific Annette Bening and Julianne Moore star as lesbian married couple Nic and Jules. They are momsie dearest to two teenagers, the 18 year-old college-bound scholar Joni and the <more>
15 year-old moody & curious Laser. Joni is the more serious & confident type. And come to think of it, Laser with his unsmiling demeanor does not hit you with some laser beams either. Laser is persistent in finding out who is the inseminator of Joni and his existence, in other words who was the sperm donor of their creations. With the help of his recently-turned-adult older sister Joni, that becomes a reality. So that brings in the easy-going Paul in the picture. The underrated Mark Ruffalo portrays Paul as a cop-of farmer & restaurateur and free-loving bachelor who has had his share of sperm donations in many vaginal farmlands throughout his existence. The cerebral & uptight Nic is reluctant to her teenage offsprings bonding with Paul, while the unconfident & bohemian-type Jules is down with it. And not to be a lesbian downer, but Jules eventually also bonds with Paul in ways that sperming is allowed. Writer-Director Lisa Cholodenko in "The Kids Are All Right" has cropped up a fantastic narrative about a family who struggles to deal with but resiliently comes to terms with the various character traits & flaws embodied in each other within the family circle. And that is emblematic of my family or yours! It is not a gay-themed flick in no sexual preference, way, or fashion. It does not deliver a Milkesque equal-rights message on homosexuality. Instead, it delivers a frank & sincere message that all families have obstacles no matter of the male or female composition of its makeup; and that is a viable respect on the equality of sexual preference. Cholodenko's script was a wit-filled delight that will garner much attention during Award season. Can you think of any other acclaimed actresses that deserve long-awaited Academy Awards than Annette Bening and Julianne Moore? Besides Michelle Pfeiffer, I cannot! Both were on top of their gay I mean game with their stellar eclectic performances. Ruffalo is an acting diamond in the ruff, who is also very much under-appreciated in the circles of thespianism. It's time that will change though! Because his charismatic performance as Paul will no doubt grant him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Hey, you want to know something also? The acting kids were also definitely alright in "The Kids Are All Right". Mia Wasikowska as Joni and Josh Hutcherson as Laser portrayed their teen characters with such a precise tone that it perfectly duplicated the characterization of the American teen today. "The Kids Are All Right" is near the top of my 2010 "more than alright" films of the year. I hope that is all right by you too! ***** Excellent
One real moment is all it takes to make a film worth something, The Kids Are All Right brings it. (by brielle_jalexa9)
OK, so here is what is going on with The Kids Are All Right. When I think of Lesbian couples the image of the family portrayed by the stars of this movie comes to mind. I live in Kentucky so I don't ever really come into contact with any established lesbian couples, but I remember watching this video in a Sociology class about proposition 8 that featured all of these Kentucky based gay couples whose wholesomeness and nuclear family awesomeness were supposed to convince me that gay people should be allowed to adopt kids. For the record it didn't need to because I'm completely for <more>
gay people doing anything they want, but if I was ignorant then I might have been convinced. I mean, the couples were perfect, upstanding members of the community, their kids were involved in sports and clubs and they all just screamed 'It's Okay to be Gay and Have Kids!'.What I most remember is that the families kind of all had this lingering desperation in their smiles, like were trying harder to be happy than most people because they were aware that other people would be judging them based on their ability to be happy under the scrutiny of social judgment. The family in the movie, Nic Annette Benning , Jules Julianne Moore , Lazer Josh Hutcherson , and Joni Mia Wasilowska , kind of all have that same desperation lingering around them. The film basically centers around what happens when the tension brought on by that added responsibility is broken by the intrusion of an outsider. That intruder is Mark Ruffalo. I think the evolution of his character is one of the most interesting parts of the film. When we first meet Mark, he's just so cool. Everybody wants to be like him. Relaxed, carefree, seemingly very open and with an uncanny ability to understand and relate to people. He grows vegetables, doesn't hurt the environment and has sex with YaYa from America's Next Top Model. He seems like the opposite of Nic, the uptight, control freak, who's very traditional and leads a very traditional life despite or in spite of her gay lifestyle. So you think, 'oh, this movie is going to be about an outsider coming into a family and repairing the relationships within it'. Nic will loosen up and the kids will be able to open up to people because someone finally understands them. But unfortunately film hasn't been that neat and tidy since the 1930s. In this film, certain things come into play that switches our perspective and we come to identify more with Nic's character than we really expected. But we share sympathy with every character. At the end, we actually have the most sympathy for Mark, I would say. This switch was unexpected and I think it makes the film special and more worthy than just a farce about a Lesbian couple and a straight guy. The best films are ones in which our expectations are inverted, I think. A film should be like a beautiful unopened flower. The bud is beautiful and then it opens, changes and becomes even more beautiful because of those changes. I know that sounds all preachy and lame but if you can't be preachy and lame on the internet than where can you?My favorite parts of the film were where I saw flashes of my own relationships portrayed in situations presented by the characters. The conflict between Nic and Jules, where they love each other, accept each other, but clearly don't always like each other, injects the film with humor while at the same time serving as a painful reminder of how hard it is to settle down. That struggle to just continue to like the people you love is portrayed so poignantly in the little digs Nic pokes at Jules every now and again. The frustration they both feel is palpable. And If you have an overbearing mother like I do, than you know how it looks and feels to be shut down by your mom like Laser and Joni are by theirs. After every unintentionally overbearing comment, I was like 'wow, that was a real moment.' I have to say that I was a little disappointed with Laser's character. I feel like his character was so rich in the beginning, but really died away to almost nothing by the end. Just a few archetypal little brother comments thrown in to remind us that he's still there. I feel this way because we spent a lot of time with his character in the beginning, understanding that he's a fifteen year old boy. He's moody. And he's searching for something to define him outside of his mothers. That's undoubtedly why he is initially so passionate about finding his biological father. But though his relationship with Mark is pivotal, it is not really explored as deeply as is Mark's relationship with Joni. Basically his character was traveling to a destination that it just didn't reach. But this could be intentional. Teenagers are supposed to be mysterious and confusing so maybe it's true to his character to leave him unexplored. However, it did disappoint me. I don't know how this movie is going to do during awards season. I assume it will do well, but more because of the trendy subject manner than due to it's merit as a film. I don't know, the film society just votes that way sometimes. But it moved me and that's worth an award to me.
It's unavoidable to compare. We're at the beginning of the world our grandchildren are going to take for granted. But now, we compare and realize that family is by choice or design a place, a state of mind, in which love does or must flourish. Beautifully told with a sensational performance by Annette Bening. Without preaching or candy coating the story we realize that the future has a chance. Two women, one sperm donor and two children. Why not? We see the results on the children's faces. Mia Wasikowska is the daughter. Smart, compassionate, mature beyond her years. Josh <more>
Hutcherson is the son and, although he is the least developed character, I loved him, with his lopsided smile and his healthy curiosity. Mark Ruffalo, wonderful, showing us, as the sperm donor, another face of a character he has a monopoly in, the lovable loser. He is terrific! Julianne Moore is still an actress I find very hard to surrender to. Her acting is so much upfront that it takes you out of the truth she's trying to convey. However I loved the film and I only hope Hillary Swank is not nominated next year so Annette Bening finally gets what she so richly deserves.
Entertaining story, even when not "in" for a feel-good comedy. Moving from time to time (by JvH48)
The theater announced this movie as a feel-good comedy, which did me hesitate a bit before buying tickets. When before the TV at home, such comedies make me cringe mostly, due to over-acted family ties and an emphasis on life events that should bind people together but not always do . However, the synopsis of this film sounded intriguing. Also, the reviews on IMDb contradicted each other heavily. The latter decided for me.Neither the family situation nor the line of events will match everyday's and everyone's family life. But the deviation from a standard family carries the story <more>
throughout the movie, and makes up the basic ingredients for the dramatic part. I disagree with many reviewers, who have serious problems with the logic in the story. They seem to think that there is only black and white in sexual preferences, and no gray areas in between that one could try for a shorter or longer period.The casting is convincing, and the actors are performing very well. The composition of the story is such that there is never a dull moment, and there is always some unexpected event around the corner for our entertainment.Three sex scenes are included in the film, and one could argue that these could have been more implicit, to make it suitable for family viewing and still drive the message home what happened and what it entails for the story. On the other hand, what is actually shown on the screen is not worse than what one can stumble upon during Internet browsing or home watching TV.The only problem I had with the story that it has a happy ending for most of the main characters, but not all. I have pity with the ones who were left more or less empty handed. They would have deserved it if they had behaved badly in some sense, but they certainly were not.I saw this film as part of the "Deventer humor festival 2010" Deventer is a medium sized village in The Netherlands . I don't think it had its place there, as the movie is much more dramatic than it is hilarious. I can only assume that the festival programmer had other reasons to make it part of this event. Nevertheless I have no complaints about having seen this movie, all things considered.