The Kids Are All Right
Release year: 2010
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Screenwriter: Lisa Cholodenko
Starring: Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Yaya DaCosta, Kunal Sharma
Ratings: 4 Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Actress (Annette Bening), Best Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Best Original Screenplay. 2 Golden Globes: Best Comedy/Musical, Best Actree Comedy/Musical (Annette Bening). 2 Golden Globe nominations: Best Actress Comedy/Musical (Julianne Moore), Best Screenplay.
The problems in a lesbian relationship is increased when their children contact their sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo) and brings him into the family.
The Kids Are All Right is not just an incredibly well-acted ensemble movie, but also a movie dealing with subjects such as family values, equality in relationships, and non-traditional families. With Bening (American Beauty, 1999) and Moore (A Single Man, 2009) leading the scene is set for world class-acting but this is also one of the movies where we really started to see what the talented Ruffalo (Spotlight, 2015) is capeable of. Add stellar performances from the young Wasikowski (Crimson Peak, 2015) and Hutcherson (The Hunger Games, 2012) and the scene is set for brilliant acting. The tension between Jules and Nic is obvious from the beginning but intensifies over the course of the film, especially when Paul enters the picture and stirs up the everyday rutine they had used to carefully hide the problems. Once the rutine is broken they are forced to look at their lifes leaving them with the question: can it be saved and is it worth saving? The Kids Are All Right is not so much about a lesbian relationship as it is about a relationship period. We enter their lifes and then we leave their lives, rather than following a specific event. The problems are all too real and something that could have been a propaganda for homosexuals becomes a mere insight into humans and their lifes together, which in fact makes it that more pro-homosexuality than if it had been forced upon us.
Much of the film is based upon co-writer and director Lisa Cholodenko’s relationship with her partner Wendy, who both had a son by a sperm donor. Cholodenko dedicated the film to them.
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