Thursday, December 2, 2010
The Kids Are All Right
Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) are a lesbian couple raising two teenagers, Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hucherson). Both Joni and Laser are curious on who their father is, so after a little research they find their father: Paul (Mark Ruffalo). Joni, Laser and Jules welcome Paul into the family, but Nic is uncomfortable with the new addition.
Shortly after I finished watching The Kids Are All Right, I got into a discussion with a few people. One of them didn't like it at all, saying it was "anti-male". A comment like that intrigued me. But after thinking it over, a few scenes were. But ultimately, I told him it's because The Kids Are All Right was more aimed at women.
I really admire the performances from Bening, Moore and Ruffalo. Could this be their ticket to an Oscar? A nomination perhaps, but I doubt a win. The dialogue is smart and funny, and the plot is light and sweet. But as the movie was coming to an end, there were some bittersweet moments. Still, The Kids Are All Right is one of the year's best movies.
My Rating: ****1/2