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The Kids Are All Right is alright.

Apologies for being absent from LJ lately (and Twitter and Facebook and practically everywhere else besides the law library). Hopefully I will be able to make a few entries over the weekend...I have a list of three or four movies I need to add to my watchlist posts. Here's one:

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.


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Sep. 18th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
That was the same kid from Little Manhattan? How did I not know that!

I liked the movie, but didn't LOVE the movie. The thing I walked away from after seeing it was that Annette Bening deserves an Oscar Nom. She was simply amazing.

I think your point about Jules is correct. Paul was paying attention to her and telling her how great she was. Nic... she only criticized her. I think that of course she would be attracted to him for that. Plus, I don't recall if they ever said if she was a lesbian or bi-sexual. Maybe Jules had been with men in the past.
Sep. 18th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
YES! Can you believe it? He's all grown up now!

Same here, liked it but didn't love it. I almost felt bad for liking it after every single one of the people I saw it with hated it...but whatever, we all have our own opinions. I agree: Annette Bening was wonderful.
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