The Kids Are All Right [2010]

“…marriage is hard… Just two people slogging through the shit, year after year, getting older, changing. It’s a fucking marathon, okay? So, sometimes, you know, you’re together for so long, that you just… You stop seeing the other person. You just see weird projections of your own junk. Instead of talking to each other, you go off the rails and act grubby and make stupid choices…”

Director : Lisa Cholodenko

Writer : Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg

Cast : Julianne Moore, Anette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson,

Story : Joni and Laser are your regular teenagers except that they were conceived by artificial insemination to a lesbian couple, Jules and Nic. Joni caves in to Laser’s several urges and finds their biological father, Paul. Everything starts out awkward but promising with a dinner, but it only goes downhill from there.

What I Liked About It :

– Mark Ruffalo did a terrific job

What I Didn’t Like About It :

– i don’t think it would have been such a praised movie if it hadn’t involved a lesbian couple; there is nothing new juts your usual troubled marriage theme, I don’t think it deserved 4 Oscar nominations

– i disliked that all the blame mostly felt on Paul’s character and was quickly left without a chance

Interesting Facts :

– it’s pretty impressive that they shot the entire movie  in only 23 days in order to be it ready for Sundance

– Cholodenko wrote the story based on her relationship with her life long partner Wendy, they both had a son from the same sperm donor, and the film is dedicated to them

Trailer :

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2 thoughts on “The Kids Are All Right [2010]

  1. I found this a surprisingly good movie. The fact that it involved a lesbian couple as the main attraction was irrelevant apart from the extra mediatic attention. The evolution of relationships it portrayed was very interesting and the destiny of Mark’s character was inevitable.

  2. the lesbian couple, and sperm donor felt to me like a new spin on an old theme: troubled marriage, and I’ve seen better movies about it. It was a good movie, but not as good as the hype behind it.

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