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The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right poster artAnnette Bening and Julianne Moore play Nic and Jules, a married couple with teenage children, in The Kids Are All Right. This comfortable Southern California family has got problems like any other: Nic (Bening), a driven, sharp-edged doctor, relies a bit too much on red wine to soften up; Jules (Moore) is prone to insecurity and can’t get a career in gear. Their daughter, Joni (Alice in Wonderland’s radiant Mia Wasikowska), an A student about to leave the nest for college, feels the strain of high expectations. Their 15-year-old son, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), doesn’t even realize how much he’s been missing a fatherly presence until, after hiding the quest from their moms, the siblings track down their biological ‘donor dad’, Paul (Mark Ruffalo), a loose and groovy bachelor restaurateur. With the addition of Paul’s footloose, hetero masculine energy – he might as well stitch the motto ‘It’s all good!’ on his motorcycle jacket –  the clan is in for some bumps ahead.

I don’t know what’s more delightful — that The Kids Are All Right stars Bening, Moore, and Ruffalo at the top of their games in an irresistible story of lesbian marriage, sperm-donor fatherhood, sex, red wine, and teen angst. Or that this warm, funny, sexy, smart movie erases the boundaries between specialized ‘gay content’ and universal ‘family content’ with such sneaky authority. So let’s say both, and give high fives (or whatever they give in Southern California) to director Lisa Cholodenko (High Art, Laurel Canyon) and her co-writer, Stuart Blumberg, for using the components of a commercial dramedy to cross boundaries with such indie élan.

– Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

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