09 December 2010

The Kids Are All Right

I went and saw 'The Kids Are All Right' (IMDB) last night at the Rialto. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it (hence taking the time to note so here!). It stars Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, with Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson.

Brief synopsis: Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson) are born via artificial insemination to lesbian couple Nic (Annette Bening as the doctor workaholic, wine-drinking "Gorilla" of the family) and Jules (Julianne Moore as new age hippy-esque landscape gardner Mum) respectively. Their donor dad is Paul (Mark Ruffalo as an easy going, serial flirter Restaurateur), making them half-siblings. After turning 18, Joni tracks down their Dad for her brother (who is clearly craving a male role model). After a nervy initial encounter, they grow to like each other. However, everything changes when Paul is introduced to Nic and Jules...

This is a small quote from a review at salon.com (by Andrew O'Hehir), that I agree with 100% about the film: 

"This is one of the most compelling and rewarding portraits of a middle-class American marriage in cinema history, as well as one of the funniest. The fact that the people in this particular marriage are both women is important to the story, of course. But perhaps, Cholodenko suggests, it isn't all that important to the universe." Read the full review here

If you like family dramas, mixed with witty comedy, when you'll like this.

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