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The Kids Are All Right
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 20:35

The Kids Are All RightThe Kids Are All Right explores the trials and tribulations of marriage, raising children and appreciating your family. Most of the buzz surrounding this movie will no doubt center on the fact that Julianne Moore and Annette Bening play a lesbian couple; somewhat unique in the world of Hollywood romance.  This is unfortunate because the buzz really should be about the fantastic, emotionally complex performances that all the actors put in to this film.

Annette Bening gives a powerhouse performance as Nic, a strong domineering woman who seems to have it all together. Her partner Jules (Julianne Moore) is a bit of a drifter, never certain what her career path should be, but more in touch with her emotions than Nic. Their daughter Joni (named after Joni Mitchell of course) is about to head off to college, and their son Laser (who names their kid Laser?) baffles them by being a typical teenage boy.

The unconventional familyThe kids seek out their “donor dad” Paul (Mark Ruffalo), whose sperm gave them life and who is sort of lost in life himself. He’s successful financially, but has nothing in the family department.  As Paul becomes more involved, each family member reacts to him differently and Nic sees him as a threat.

Annette Bening and Julianne MooreAt first I was concerned that the film was going to be force-feeding us characters who were nothing more than stereotypes,  but as it progressed I was drawn you in to the emotions and motivations of these characters. Bening and Moore are equally stunning in their roles, revealing vulnerability that is more than skin deep. The breakthrough performance is from Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) who seems to covey a lot with her serious face and small changes of expression.

The Kids Are All Right is a great film that puts you under its spell.


Directed by Lisa Cholodenko, Starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore.

Premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews.