Monday, November 22, 2010

The Kids Are All Right - DVD Review

lll 1/2

Starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson and Yaya DaCosta.
Directed by Lisa Cholodenko.

This might be just considered a good family comedy-drama, but the twist is that it's lesbian moms going through it. It winds up being an extra ingredient to the recipe that raises the interest quotient, but the movie still has to be good for the audience to care. Well, the movie is good.

Bening and Moore are Nic and Jules, a couple going through some mid-life growing pains as their 18-year-old daughter preps for leaving for college. Meanwhile their 15-year-old son is getting curious about his biological father, who was a sperm donor, and he tracks him down.

Turns out the guy lives in the same city as they do. He's Paul (Mark Ruffalo), an organic farmer, a heaven-sent so-Cal image of manliness, complete with motorcycle. This makes Nic & Jules uncomfortable at first, since the kids take a shining to him, but the moms come to warm to him in their own right.

Needless to say it gets messy, and the unspoken second half of the title of this movie is BUT THE ADULTS ARE SCREWED UP.

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