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Kids Are All Right

Lisa Cholodenko    DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Lisa Cholodenko
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005V2HJGA

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The son of a same-sex couple seeks out the sperm donor who made his birth possible in this comedy from writer/director Lisa Cholodenko. The committed parents of two teenage children, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), are about to send their daughter, Joni (Mia Wasikowska), off to college when her younger brother, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), asks for her help in tracking down his biological father. Reluctantly inquiring with the sperm bank, Joni leaves her number so the office can pass it along to Laser's father. Enthusiastic at the thought of meeting his long lost offspring, Paul (Mark Ruffalo) musters the courage to reach out, and the family tree grows a new branch.

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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and we're all right too! 19 Nov 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
That, in the midst of a continuous string of Hollywood-produced superheroes movies, comics adaptations, tired franchises and unnecessary remakes, American cinema can still produce intelligent, mature and thought-provoking films should be cause for celebration. And it's darn entertaining too.

Nic and Jules are in a long-term relationship. They have two teenage kids: Joni and Laser. They clearly love each other, but domestic life - and its myriad small compromises and annoyances - has slowly but surely dulled the happy-family picture. The fact that Nic and Jules are two middle-aged women is neither an issue nor a statement (which by the way is refreshing and welcome). When the sperm-donor is contacted by his children and starts forging a relationship with them, the fragile balance of the whole family is shaken to its core.

This movie is a real delight. The situations and character motivations really rang true. The clever (but never smug) dialogue was delivered in a top-notch fashion by the brilliant cast. Although Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo were pitch-perfect, it's Annette Bening who amazes with a role that at first might appear thankless but ultimately breaks your heart. And congratulations to the two lead-ladies for discarding botox and multi-layered make-up and looking like real women rather than screen icons.

And did I say it was funny? Well, it really is. So if you like your entertaining to have a bit of heart and brain, that should be right up your alley.
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5.0 out of 5 stars alright! 25 April 2013
By V. Eng
Format:DVD
Wonders will never cease: Hollywood actually allowed a film about a lesbian couple with two children born of artificial insemination. The issue of the Oscar for best acting is a different matter altogether. The US is not even ready to elect its first woman President, let alone award an Oscar to a film which must have had the fundamentalists of all stripes seething. But, pace Hollywood, the acting is superb, and the film is well constructed and makes for interesting viewing. But my favourite moment came when the character played by Annette Bening tells the interloper to 'get your own family'. A Hollywood lesbian-themed film with a happy ending? Wonders will never cease.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a new kind of family, at least on film 7 Feb 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
It is brilliant the way this film, which could be so earnest and politically correct, takes the opposite stance and presents us with a family where people are not acting perfectly but do seem very human with flaws we can all recognise. In fact I would imagine infidelity in the situation shown - with the biological father of your child, who you have not actually met - would be more likely to occur than in other circumstances, as your lives are already so intimately linked. But I don't know, really ... ! The refreshing attitude towards the characters means that they can at times come close to talking in an absurd, 'New-Agey' way without our being sure quite how we are intended to take this, but again I imagine it is meant to be funny ... in fact it is riotous! This doesn't stop them being highly likeable and able to move us when things go wrong. Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are both so good, they really have done something wonderful for lesbian families by acting in this film (as has Lisa Cholodenko by writing and directing it so brilliantly). And Mark Ruffalo does a very good job in a role that could have lost our sympathy, but doesn't. The confrontation between the women when the truth comes out is heartbreaking, the tenderness and hurt are so real. To then open the door and find the children listening outside I thought was very moving, and it was spoilt by people laughing in the cinema. At least on DVD you don't have to put up with this kind of thing! It is a mark of the film's achievement that it can effortlessly go from this to moments of farcical comedy, often involving sex, which the film presents without any inhibition ... and you feel, in spite of the crisis, that the kids really are all right. Really, a great film!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The kids are all right because they are loved 15 Sep 2014
Format:DVD
A gentle, sensitive, intelligent, bittersweet comedic examination about what it is to be a family.

Annette Benning and Julianne Moore are the `moms' of this family whose domestic routine is turned upside down when their daughter and son invite their previously anonymous sperm donor dad into their lives. Mark Ruffalo is a likeable, amiable man but underlying tensions soon rise to the surface. Much of the humour is verbally sharp, occasionally farcical, with more than a touch of pathos, as Benning increasingly begins to resent the growing influence of this interloper who gradually realises what has been missing in his life. The director skilfully allows us to appreciate each character's perspective, not least that of the two `kids', Mia Wasikawska and Josh Hutcherson who hold their own in the company of three more experienced actors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Kids are All Right 8 April 2014
By dozza
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Really good film. Annette bening is brilliant. Julianne Moore is reliably great as is Mark Ruffalo. I was expecting a really boring film but i was pleasantly surprised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 6 April 2014
By Jones86
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I really enjoyed this film.
Its so much better than i expected it to be and i would recommend to anyone.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great supplier- boring DVD 2 Mar 2014
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As described- what more can I say? Well packaged- exactly what it said on the site. Would recommend as a supplier- but DVD was boring
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest film ever!
I bough this as it was suggested to me as being one of the greatest films ever made....

Ummm...no. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love this film. The main characters are believable and well cast. The story is realistic and well told.
Published 1 month ago by Sciencetweacher
4.0 out of 5 stars funny and poignant
A sweet funny movie about families, betrayal and loyalty. My teens enjoyed this as well, we watched it as a family movie and really enjoyed it.
Published 7 months ago by bookworm100
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so great from a gay perspective
Yes you think.... two fantastic actresses playing a lesbian couple....how amazing to have a mainstream movie with a normal lesbian couple.

NOT SO. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Film!
I thought that this was a really good price and much as critics have maligned this story i actually found it good a most certainly thought that it was worth the price I paid. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Claire13
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Excellent to watch, worth buying as it is a film for all of the family. We all loved it :)
Published 9 months ago by Alicia
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Acting, Perceptive Drama
This 2010 feature co-written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko is, for me, by no means a flawless watch (it is a little overly sentimental at times), but nevertheless provides an... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Enjoyed this, it was a good talking point for raising a possible discussion on a difficult subject, very well presented
Published 10 months ago by Vivienne
5.0 out of 5 stars Obviously a 5*
I actually loved this movie. I never really liked Juliet Moore but I changed my mind about her in this. She was GREAT!! Funny and cleaver acting!! Anette Benning.. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Veronika
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