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Monday, August 6, 2012

The Kids Are All Right by Lisa Cholodenko, 2010 (R)

with Julianne Moore (Game Change, Crazy, Stupid, Love., Chloe, A Single Man), Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo (Avengers, Shutter Island), Mia Wasikowska (Albert Nobbs, Alice in Wonderland), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games, The Virgin Suicides), Yaya DaCosta (The Messenger), Kunal Sharma, Eddie Hassell, Zosia Mamet, Joaquin Garrido, Rebecca Lawrence

Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson), the children of same-sex parents Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), become curious about the identity of their sperm-donor dad (Mark Ruffalo) and set out to make him part of their family unit, often with hilarious results. But his arrival complicates the household dynamics, and nobody is sure how he fits in — if at all — in this Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning comedy.

Brilliant cast, unique — for our time — story, funny, sensible... although the story focuses somehow on the dysfunction of a gay family, with the obvious temptation for a woman to have to cheat with the guy, any guy. The ending puts the story back together but never the less, it felt like an obvious reflexion on whether the normality of a family comes with having a father in it or not, which somehow is a sensitive subject that, underlying, puts a little bit of judgment. That made me uncomfortable. I wonder if that was on purpose, or to just layout the idea that it is just like any other couple having a crisis with an occurring event which makes it all explode. The kids journey are a little more interesting since the expected is to have the search of the "father" (or donor) being a revelation for them, and sadly for their search but fortunate for their equilibrium, is not... which is probably what is the biggest statement of the movie. And since the movie title seems to evoke that the movie is supposed to revolve around the kids, that makes the movie "Alright".

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