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The Kids Are All Right

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2010
  • Lisa Cholodenko
  • 101 mins
  • 15

Summary

Comedy drama starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo. Uptight breadwinner Nic and her underachieving partner Jules are a lesbian couple living out a cosy existence with their children in suburban Los Angeles. But tensions rise to the surface when the kids track down their sperm-donor father, laid-back ladies' man Paul.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

A married lesbian couple have teenage children by the same anonymous sperm-donor father - Annette Bening, a doctor, is the practical, focused half of the pair, while Julianne Moore is a more scatty, creative type. Their already volatile relationship is tested further when their son seeks out his birth father - easy-going restaurateur Mark Ruffalo. The kids take to Ruffalo first, then, surprisingly, so do Bening and Moore, but when the latter embarks on a reckless affair with him, this unlikely love-in comes unstuck. The set-up is especially middle-class - Ruffalo grows his own organic food, Moore is a landscape gardener - but some pitch-perfect performances really bring out the emotion of a situation that will strike a chord with many. Best of all is Bening, capping even her performance in American Beauty, as a woman forced to face her partner's betrayal.

Credits

Cast

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JulesJulianne Moore
NicAnnette Bening
PaulMark Ruffalo
JoniMia Wasikowska
LaserJosh Hutcherson
TanyaYaya DaCosta
JaiKunal Sharma
ClayEddie Hassell
SashaZosia Mamet
LuisJoaquin Garrido
BrookeRebecca Lawrence
StellaLisa Eisner
JoelEric Eisner
Waify girlSasha Spielberg
Clay's dadJames MacDonald
BartenderMargo Victor

Crew

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DirectorLisa Cholodenko

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2010-10-29
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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