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The Kids Are All Right


Jeff Nelson

The Kids Are All Right won't make my top list of 2010, but it's without a doubt worth a watch.

The Kids Are All Right
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Each year, there are plenty of films that are praised by many audiences. This causes a lot of hype and most films don't deserve the amount of buzz that they get. The moment that a film is even rumored for an Oscar for acting, the movie gets praised by many. However, do great performances make a great overall film?

Joni and Laser, the children of the lesbian parents Nic and Jules, become curious about who their sperm-doner dad is and set out to make him part of their family unit. His arrival complicates the household dynamics, and nobody is sure how he fits in, if he does at all. Fortunately, the film never preaches about political issues as far as gay marriage goes. The dialogue of the film is very well written, with exception of being cliché at times. A couple of the characters aren't likable and are rather annoying throughout. I honestly had no sympathy or pity for Nic. The pacing might be a bit slow for some as it never has a big pick up. Dramedy fans shouldn't have a problem with how the film is paced.

The highlight of the film is most certainly the acting. Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Rufallo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson all star in this dramedy. This is a top notch cast that all perform extremely well. Julianne Moore has always been a fantastic actress and she puts on another great performance. Furthermore, Annette Bening outperforms Moore in this film. Her character is very unlikable, but she genuinely brings the role to life and no actress could have done it better. Mark Rufallo's role isn't as emotionally demanding as Moore and Bening's, but he still fits the role in all aspects. Mia Wasikowska is a very talented actress who deserves a lot more recognition for her role and her previous roles in Alice in Wonderland and Defiance. Josh Hutcherson may not reach Wasikowska's performance, although he pulls off his character just fine. This cast is what makes this movie memorable.

This film is highly centered on performances and the relationships being dramatically affected meeting the sperm-doner and not visuals. However, lighting is perfect and the sound mixing is great since dialogue is loud and clear and it's never hard to hear dialogue.

The Kids Are All Right is going to cause very mixed opinions. From the start, anyone uncomfortable with homosexual sex scenes won't be too ecstatic with this film. It's also not very quickly paced with much more drama than comedy. The acting is great all around, especially by Bening. The Kids Are All Right won't make my top list of 2010, but it's without a doubt worth a watch.

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

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