The Kids Are All Right

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (15)
D: Lisa Cholodenko
Focus Features (Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Gary Gilbert & Celine Rattray)
US 2010
107 mins

Drama/Comedy

W: Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
DP: Igor Jadue-Lillo
Ed: Jeffrey M. Werner
Mus: Carter Burwell, Nathan Larson & Craig Wedren

Annette Bening (Nicole Allgood) Julianne Moore (Jules Allgood), Mark Ruffalo (Paul Hatfield), Mia Wasikowska (Joni Allgood), Josh Hutcherson (Laser Allgood)

A trio of brilliant performances and an intelligent, realistic screenplay make this a very good film.

Annette Bening & Julianne Moore play a married lesbian couple whose kids want to discover who their surrogate father is. They secretly meet him (Mark Ruffalo) and he interlopes in the close family unit, much to the chagrin of Annette Bening's character.

There's been a few movies which have explored this type of theme in the past but they come across more as plots for a sitcom (Made In America a prime example), this balances the scales of comedy and drama perfectly.

Annette Bening is absolute brilliant in this. A career best performance and any other year she would have won the Best Actress Oscar (she lost to Natalie Portman for Black Swan).

A highly recommended watch.

8/10

The Kids Are All Right
The Kids Are All Right