The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Written by: Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
Directed by: Lisa Cholodenko
Starring: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson
Synopsis: When teenagers Joni (Wasikowska) and Laser (Hutcherson) decide to find the identity of their sperm donor father (Ruffalo), his entrance into their family life causes friction between their lesbian parents (Bening and Moore).
I saw this with some friends earlier this week, and there was quite a bit of debate about the realisticness of some of the things that happened in the movie, specifically concerning Jules (Moore) and Paul (Ruffalo). Spoiler Alert: Jules, who has been in a committed relationship with Nic (Bening) for 20 years, starts having an affair with sperm donor Paul. Yes, the lesbian sleeps with a dude. One of my friends was actually kind of angry about it, saying that a lesbian in that situation would never do that. I see her point (and I'm straight so I don't actually know for sure), but I guess I just saw the situation differently. It wasn't that she was "turning straight" or something crazy like that; I think Jules was just incredibly lonely. She obviously loved Nic and those feelings were returned, but Nic had a tendency to be overly critical, which couldn't have done much for Jules' self-esteem. Plus Nic, a doctor, was constantly busy with work, leaving little time to nurture her relationship with her partner. Yes, when the thing between Paul and Jules happened it was rather shocking, but it had nothing to do with sexuality, it was entirely about two people who needed affection badly and weren't getting it.
I didn't love the movie. As I said in my subject line: It was alright. I'd give it a B or B minus. The actors' performances were the best part. I can't believe Josh Hutcherson is 18 years old now! Remember when he was in the adorable Little Manhattan with Bradley Whitford? He's turned into a very handsome young man.