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Movie Review: The Kids Are All Right February 17, 2011

Posted by shwaldman in Family, Society.
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Netflix Synopsis: Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson), the children of same-sex parents Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), become curious about the identity of their sperm-donor dad (Mark Ruffalo) and set out to make him part of their family unit, often with hilarious results. But his arrival complicates the household dynamics, and nobody is sure how he fits in — if at all — in this Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning comedy.

The Oscars are still a couple of weeks away so it is amazing that we managed to get this one in before then. usually a few months, if not years behind the curve. I guess that means we are either catching up on our Netflix queue (it still regularly has 60+ movies in the DVD queue alone) or I am doing a better job of keeping up on prioritizing the good ones.

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are too top notch actresses. This movie felt very much like a low budget independent film, but with outstanding acting from them and Ruffalo, it was a touching and deep movie. Having never really been around the adoption situation, I have little background in the subject. But I found the topic very thought provoking and interesting. Of course, the entertainment value of the screwed up behavior of Ruffalo made for even more discussion points (much like “The Last Kiss.”

I think I was also more affected having watched this movie just after catching a few episodes of a show called “The Locator“. This is a rather moving show that we watched while flipping channels before falling asleep in Hawaii. It follows a private investigator that finds and reconnects people that have been separated, mostly through adoption. Putting this movie along side those shows, it really tells some emotional stories about non-traditional families. Again, I found them both rather moving, even though this movie was in a more dysfunctional sort of way.

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