Hollywood has been all a buzz with “The Kids Are All Right,” a new film out by director Lisa Cholodenko. This is the first major Hollywood film about a fairly common family, with one exception. The parents are both women.
“The Kids Are All Right,” stars female heavyweight actors Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as lesbian parents of two children whom have come to be curious about their natural father (only known as a sperm donor). The insertion of this character, played by Mark Ruffalo, causes the balance of the family to go askew, and perhaps damages it beyond repair.
But the story line is not what has all the movie reviewers worked up and excited. The performances so artfully crafted by Julianne Moore and Annette Bening are ones that will be studied by students of the craft. Lisa Cholodenko takes the characters and delicately peels away the layers of suburban convention and eco-pretentiousness to reveal the broken-hearted awareness of passion missing from a relationship. Moore and Bening are at their best, portraying long-loved partners that time, rearing children and careers have drained them of the love that once brought them together.
Bening especially shines as a woman with heavy responsibilities and fears that her manicured family unit may be changed forever. In one scene Bening sings the words from Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” and we see a middle-aged woman with a heart exposed and for just a moment completely relinquishing the walls the protected her so well before.
Julianne Moore’s performance is one more subtle and quiet. Yet, within this character that always put others before her own desires, it’s apparent that a yearning to be seen and heard may break her away from a life that has been comfortable and easy.
The children played by Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson are well casted and the supporting role by beautiful Yaya DaCosta adds necessary zest to the story.
Obviously this film is not going to please many due to the lesbian story line, but in the end it is a film more about families and love than it is about sexual orientation. See this film when you get the chance to, it’s a promise that it will be in the mix around award season and you will want to know for yourself that “The Kids Are All Right.”
“The Kids Are All Right” is rated R for sexually explicit scenes and has a run time of 1 hr. and 46 minutes
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