A lesbian couple raising two kids conceived by artificial insemination is pretty much a definition of "unconditional family"... But how things will turn when the children will want to meet their "distant father" the sperm donor? This movie might give the answers you're looking for. It's a very nice build story... the characters are well developed and there's no ridiculous emotional process that they go through. It's an liberating and deep movie that revolves around the harsh aspects of gay couples families but it also teaches us what freedom of choice really is and what normality is. I found this movie very interesting, catchy and I almost forgot it has Mia Wasikowska because she's an actress I;m not really into.
Other than that, the cast was perfect. Julianne Moore portrayed Jules, the always left-behind partner, the one that should stay home and cook and take care of the kids, mainly she is the "wife" in the house. Her character was demolished at one point by her own frustrations of not being appreciated as she would have wanted. But she seems to get over it as soon as Paul, played by Mark Ruffalo, the sperm donor also the real father of the kids enters in their life. He's charismatic and really gets along with his kids but someone does not appreciate his presence and considers him a threat to the family. That someone is Nic, the "husband" in the house, the one who dictates and tries to keep things under control, a twisted and irascible person played extraordinary by Annette Bening who gives an oscar worthy performance (the academy should consider a nominee for her). With all that, with all the confusion, with all the problems, with all the fights and cheers the kids end up being all right. So, the "unconditional" way they were being raised was not a problem meaning there's no importance if the parents are a gay couple or not because the only thing that could change you is your personal system of beliefs which anyone develops during their life through their personal experiences which in most cases are different one from another.
The movie sends a clear-out positive message that everyone should accept because at the end of the day we're not animals... we're humans and that weights a lot. Technically, the movie is delivered O.K. Nothing major and it sure didn't feel like it needed something like that. It's a simple movie, nothing complicated, nothing phony and this is exactly what I expected from it. I won't talk too much about the story itself, not that I usually do that since I don't like to give spoilers in my reviews so I tend to back away from the story... but because it's really a comfortable movie to watch and I recommend it to absolute anyone. It will bring a smile to your face.
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT Written by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg Directed by Lisa Cholodenko Starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson and Mark Ruffalo Joni: Each of my mom’s used your sperm. Paul: As in two? As in both of them? Joni: Uh-huh, as in gay. I don’t know if anyone has told you this already but family can be fairly complicated. … more
A few weeks ago, Entertainment Weekly ran a story about how box office numbers are down and it's quite possibly because the quality of movies is down. This, of course, was before Toy Story 3 came out and was both fantastic and hugely successful. One of the points in the EW article was that, at this point last year, five of the ten eventual Best Picture nominees had already been released, including the eventual winner. This year, no movie had yet come out which had any prayer of being nominated. … more
"The Kids are All Right" is one of the most honest and intelligent films about family, relationships, and the institution of marriage you're likely to see or have ever seen. That the central characters are a lesbian couple doesn't matter in the slightest. Director/co-writer Lisa Cholodenko doesn't sermonize about homophobia or civil unions or moral values, but rather presents a sincere, complex, and universal portrayal an American family - imperfect and at times highly turbulent, but still loving … more
"The Kids Are All Right" Lesbians Raising Children Amos Lassen Nic and Jules are a middle-aged lesbian couple raising two teenagers, Joni and Laser in suburban Los Angeles. All went fine until Joni listens to Laser and decides to find out about her biological father. She investigates, calls the sperm bank who puts her in touch with Paul who is willing to meet the kids that he never knew were his. Paul comes to visit and all "hell … more
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT has been heaped with praise from critics, including significant talk of Oscar nominations. The entire time I was watching the film, I couldn't help but wonder if at least some of that stemmed purely from a need to praise a film for showing a "normal" lesbian family...regardless of the quality of the film. I know viewers (or even just people who read a description of the film) who have problems with gay issues will no doubt bristle at this film and its efforts to "push an agenda." … more
If the relationships that anchor Lisa Cholodenko's warmly funny films appear unconventional, their problems--their pleasures--remain universal. InThe Kids Are All Right(no relation to the Who documentary), she takes on a suburban Los Angeles family with two teens, Joni (Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska) and the unfortunately named Laser (Josh Hutcherson,The Bridge to Terabithia), and two mothers, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (an atypically relaxed Julianne Moore), who conceived via artificial insemination. Now that she's heading off to college, Laser urges 18-year-old Joni to seek out their birth father, who lives in the area (her name comes from folksinger Mitchell). Though she hits it off with Paul (Mark Ruffalo, effortlessly charming), a motorcycle-riding restaurant owner, Laser has his doubts (troublingly, the 15-year-old's best friend uses "faggot" as an all-purpose epithet). After they introduce Paul to their parents, allegiances start to shift. While Nic, a doctor, serves as breadwinner (and disciplinarian), Jules, a homemaker-turned-landscape artist, provides the nurturing. Paul, on the other hand, lives free from attachments, inciting both curiosity and suspicion. Furthermore, Jules finds him strangely irresistible, which only expands the fissures in her loving, yet unstable union. As withLaurel Canyon, Cholodenko doesn't just create fully rounded characters, but entire communities. In the end,Kidsisn't about children vs. ...