Reveiwed: The Kids Are All Right

15 - 106mins - Comedy/Drama - 29th October 2010

The Kids Are All Right is predominantly a drama first and a comedy second. It follows a lesbian couple Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) and their two children Joni (Mia Wasikowski) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson). Both of the kids were conceived with the aid of a sperm donor. When Joni turned 18 she has the right to find out who the donor is but is not interested. Her brother however is and convinces her to get in touch and they meet up with Paul played by Mark Ruffalo in order to feed their curiosity. Paul, a down to earth relaxed man takes all of this in his stride and begins to bond with his children. This is all done without the mum's knowledge until Laser reveals that they have been to see him. This obviously affects them and with Jules and Nic being 2 very different characters the extent of this is proportional. Nic is a lot stricter and controlling in life so is very wary of Paul whilst Jules, although initially cautious is a lot more accepting. Paul's intrusion then sets up the rest of the plot.

The acting in this film is unsurprisingly good considering the cast involved but the film falls down with its content whereby the actors have to make the best of a script that does not live up to its potential. Several situations arise but it feels as if Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg the writers opt for the easy path and lead us away from the potentially juicy scenes only to leave us with slightly comical and less in depth replacements.

I was most disappointed with the ending which as with other scenes tries to wrap up proceedings and leaves the viewer with a sense of injustice that nothing more is going to be made of the plot. Whilst The Kids Are All Right is an acceptable film, it could have been so much more. If you like your acting performances (with Wasikowski leading the line) and want an enjoyable plot that has a few moments to appreciate then go and see this otherwise it's probably not worth it. A more light-hearted through and through comedy approach to a similar story can be achieved by watching the film The Switch which involves a woman's best friend changing his sperm for the sperm donors whilst in a drunken state.

Rating: 6.2/10

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Comments

  1. I thought you were a little harsh on the script. I’m a wannabe screenwriter, and I really loved the material. After all, it was up for an Academy Award for best screenplay. You’re correct about the expectations of the actors, but I really bought into the movie. To be honest, I was jaded thinking to myself, here we go, Hollywood shoving it’s liberal agenda down our throats by throwing a lesbian couple at us. Well, I was wrong. I viewed them as a couple, not a lesbian couple, and that, my friend, is good writing. I really like your blog by the way. Nice job.

  2. Cheers for reading it. I know what you mean by them creating a ‘normal’ lesbian couple and for that it’s a hats off moment but I just didn’t buy into the affair. I also felt at the end it left too many questions unanswered. Usually I’m a fan of this as it get me thinking but, for me, that wasn’t the case here. Anyhoo each to their own. Good luck with the screenwriting, I will keep an eye out :)

  3. I hardly saw anything wrong with the script truth to be told, but I guess it did have potential for more, if anything. Then again, it doesn’t really need more, does it?

    I don’t quite agree with the thought of ending being disappointing though. It was pretty realistic for such an unusual life situation, and that is quite good considering how dramas can be very… too ,well, dramatic.I couldn’t possibly see another option happening, nor do I think I wanted to. I did feel though, as Paul wasn’t present enough at the end of the film. He was kind of just… left. :|

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