July 30, 2010

The Kids Are All Right - 2010

Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Writers: Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
Starring: Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson

In what is sure to be Cholodenko's breakout film, Nic and Jules (Benning & Moore) are a lesbian couple with two children, Joni (Wasikowska) and Laser (Hutcherson), each mother having one via the same anonymous sperm donor. When Joni turns 18, her younger brother encourages her to contact their "father" (Ruffalo). However, his increasing involvement in the family dynamic is complicated, to say the least.

The overall critical consensus for this film is "remarkable," and it's hard for me to disagree. This family dramedy is filled with wonderful performances, a solid script (written back in 2004 before the director herself got pregnant via an anonymous donor), and some very sharp cinematography. You'd never know such a polished film was shot in only 23 days. While it may not pack the punch of past summer indie releases like Garden State or 500 Days of Summer, it's up there with the best of them, quality-wise.

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