The Kids Are All Right

July 30th, 2010

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The Kids Are All Right

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Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their birth father into their family life.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 7.2/10 (48,878 voted)

Critic's Score: 86/100

Director: Lisa Cholodenko

Stars: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo

Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. During their relationship, Jules has floundered in her "nine to five" life, sometimes trying to start a business - always unsuccessfully - or being the stay at home mom. She is currently trying to start a landscape design business. They have two teen-aged children, Joni and Laser, Nic who is Joni's biological mother, and Jules who is Laser's biological mother. Although not exact replicas, each offspring does more closely resemble his/her biological mother in temperament. Joni and Laser are also half-siblings, having the same unknown sperm donor father. Shortly after Joni's eighteenth birthday and shortly before she plans to leave the house and head off to college...

Writers: Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg

Julianne Moore - Jules
Annette Bening - Nic
Mark Ruffalo - Paul
Mia Wasikowska - Joni
Josh Hutcherson - Laser
Yaya DaCosta - Tanya
Kunal Sharma - Jai
Eddie Hassell - Clay
Zosia Mamet - Sasha
Joaquín Garrido - Luis
Rebecca Lawrence - Brooke
Lisa Eisner - Stella
Eric Eisner - Joel
Sasha Spielberg - Waify Girl
James MacDonald - Clay's Dad

Taglines: Nic and Jules had the perfect family, until they met the man who made it all possible.


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Release Date: 30 July 2010

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $491,971 (USA) (11 July 2010) (7 Screens)

Gross: $20,803,237 (USA) (17 October 2010)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Annette Bening and Mia Wasikowska both shared the same stand-in.

Continuity: When Laser and Joni hug at the University, Laser hugs with one arm up and one arm down, and so does Joni. But in the next scene, Joni's arms are both up, and Laser's are down.

Paul: Just making an observation.
Nic: Yeah? Well I need your observations like I need a dick in my ass!

User Review

flat story, great actors

Rating: 2/10

The only reason I didn't give this a 1 (awful) is because the actors worked so hard to raise the material to something more than drek.

The characters of Nic and Jules are written as such caricatures that I can only applaud Annette Bening and Julianne Moore for bringing their own humanity to try and give them life.

The writing didn't even deal with the initial impetus for finding the bio-dad - the son's feeling that something was missing and maybe it was a need for a male in his life. Nothing much was developed with this at all.

The most offensive writing, I felt, was in the character of Paul - the sperm donor. The kids initiated the reconnection - they went looking for him, not vice versa; and Jules did not hesitate to respond to his reaction to her as an attractive woman. Yet Jules was allowed at the end, to grovel family style, and apologize for her actions - and we believe the family will once again forgive and embrace her.

Paul, who found himself attracted to the two kids he helped create and to one of the bio-moms, is castrated and cast aside by Nic at the front door when he comes to make a similar apology.

I don't think this movie represents the many same sex couples with kid type families as they would lead you to believe. These characters are all in need of serious counseling.

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