Excerpt: Let’s forget all the battles about gay marriage going on, shall we? This is a movie and we’ll focus on the plot, acting and later how it looks, sounds and the supplemental features. Ok, now that that’s out of the way, we can get started! As I mentioned in my “Winter’s Bone” review, there are some movies out there that don’t really get noticed until they’re showered with accolades by critics and, come award time, they become something to see.
Excerpt: The Film A kid seeking out his or her biological parent is a premise that's been done to death -- and that's just in one very special week of Maury . However, there is something truly special about The Kids Are All Right . This indie darling shines, thanks to a great cast, standout performances, and a bit of a unique twist on the typical "who's your daddy?" storyline.
Conclusion: 'The Kids Are All Right' is one of the very best movies to be released this year. With a winning cast, tons of heart, and a great sense of humor, it's one of those movies you seldom see at the multiplex. With great picture and sound which, if not exactly reference quality, still wow, and minimal special features anchored by a wonderful commentary (if not much else), this is easily recommended.
Summary: With the legality of gay marriage in a state of constant flux, lesbian auteur Lisa Cholodenko's latest film, The Kids Are All Right —which centers around Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as a committed middle-aged couple trying to raise their teenaged children—could've easily been a politicized polemic, a "message" movie. It's not. The film is about a gay marriage, but it's not about gay marriage.
Excerpt: It's all about family. Nic and Jules are married and share a cozy suburban Southern California home with their teenage children, Joni and Laser. Nic and Jules - or, when referred to jointly by Joni, "Moms" - gave birth to and raised their children, and built a family life for the four of them. As Joni prepares to leave for college, 15-year-old Laser presses her for a big favor.
Excerpt: The Kids Are All Right is a movie about a lesbian couple and their two children. While certainly still a hot-button topic in America, this is hardly the first time that gay characters have played a prominent role in a film. In fact, gay characters have found their own little niche in romantic comedies, playing the flamboyant pal to the female lead, while movies like Brokeback Mountain have made homosexuality an integral part of the story.
Excerpt: The Kids Are All Right is the story of a marriage, whether it’s a legally recognized one or not. The spouses live amid the comforts, compromises, and long-recognized shortcomings of a decades-long partnership as they raise two teenagers. They alternately work well together, exhaust each other’s patience, contradict each other, drive each other away, and unite for the greater good.
Excerpt: Watching this grown-up drama is an engrossing experience. The central family with its two Mums is more normal than many more traditionally conventional families. The complex and real characters are mature until they do something impulsive or all too human in a wonderful reflection of modern family life. There are tensions, teenage angst, love, and a good deal of craziness in this refreshing comedy.