The Kids Are All Right
What he said:
I had not heard of this film during its run in the theaters. I
am assuming it had some kind of limited run. The first I saw of it
was during a preview on another DVD I rented and I am glad I came
It’s the story Nic and Jules (played very well
by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore respectively) and their two
children Joni and Laser (yes Laser). One day, Laser decides he
wants to meet his biological father, so he convinces his sister
(who is 18) to contact the sperm bank where their moms got the
stuff. Long story short, they get a hold of the guy. His name is
Paul (played by Mark Ruffalo), they meet and all kinds of
non-traditional laughs and drama take place.
If you like quirky, offbeat stuff this one should be up your
alley. Sometimes that type of film can come off a little
pretentious, but this one succeeds in avoiding that kind of
unappealing nonsense. Think of something along the lines of Little
Miss Sunshine, though not quite as endearing (and with more naked
Rating: Thumbs up. This movie review was written
for your reading pleasure on December 8, 2010.
What she said:
First of all, a word of caution. This is definitely one of
those films that you don’t want to watch with your parents, unless
you are part of one of those liberal families that can communally
watch nudity and think nothing of it. That said, this movie is
also pretty good.
Julianne Moore and Annette Benning play a lesbian couple who
used a sperm donor to conceive their two children. They have a
fairly normal functioning, albeit unconventional family. The
eldest daughter, Joni, just turned 18 and is moving off to college
in just a matter of weeks. Joni’s 15 year old brother, Laser
(yes that’s really his name), talks her into reaching out to their
donor father, Paul, played by Mark Ruffalo.
As Paul enters into the their lives the family is turned upside
down, and bonds are challenged to the extreme. The movie is a
lesson in confronting change, strength, and forgiveness.
There is no completely unflawed character in this film, although
the children actually seem to have it together better than the
adults. While some of the plot seems a little out there,
bordering on contrived, I guess it’s technically plausible, and
remains relatable for most viewers. The dialogue is smart and
genuine, and the acting is strong all around.
Although some of the situations and characters will test your
patience, you begin to empathize and understand the vantage points
of all involved. The Kids Are All Right offers a
compelling and interesting character study. It’s a worthwhile
viewing. Bottom Line: Thumbs up.