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T500FC, 476th: The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko, 2010)

February.28.2011

I have been ignoring this film ever since I acquired it. The title seemed a little bit of novice and it looks like a cute family movie from the outside. And boy, I was wrong; really, really wrong. I should’ve taken at least a jab at it as I could’ve seen it prior to the Oscars. The movie was surprisingly good and even if Annette Bening didn’t win the Best Actress plum in the recent Academy Awards, her acting was greatly noticed and given that Natalie didn’t get the award, she should’ve acquired it.

Coming from a conservative country, one can really say that this film is quite shocking. A family of four, two moms and two kids, who both came from each of the two moms using one sperm donor, create this kind of crazy household in the urban America. One of the kids pesters the sibling to look for their father, the sperm donor, in what usually is common from the young. They found the father, meeting the two moms for the first time and they create a complex relationship with him.

This is probably one of Annette Bening’s powerful performances, in what I remember though. The film gave that easy feel but you can still sense her acting power especially in the family meeting slash climactic scene. Also, the muted dining table scene while showing her reaction and trying to hide what she’s feeling makes the movie all worth it. Add to the fact that she is a lesbian in this film, with a few “sex” scenes with Julianne Moore makes it more worthwhile.

While Bening was the obvious good performer in this film, Julianne Moore played the good shadowed part as she was able to be conveniently good with the love scenes with Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo. Even if she didn’t really show her old form, sans the Safe character, she really showed the viewers that her character doesn’t need to envelop the whole cast and instead played the part of the backbone of the movie. And one can notice Josh Hutcherson in the film too; he has finally shied away from the family friendly films such as Zathura, RV, and Bridge to Terabithia.

Lisa Cholodenko, the director, gave this quirky non-heavy drama-ish of film as probably a salute to the modern family. The dynamics are obviously different and one can really find the parts of the film funny despite having a serious note on the side. Meaning, things like these really happen. It might differ from the kinetics of what we have in our country, since it is still not accepted here, but one can still undergo with the set-up.

A sure thumbs up as one of the interesting and great films of 2010. I’m not sure if they showed this locally or if they are going to show this locally; try getting a copy of this if you haven’t seen it though, a wasted gem if you’re just going to miss it.

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