1- The Kids Are Alright [6.0]
Nic and Jules are married and share a cozy suburban Southern California home with their teenage children, Joni and Laser. Nic and Jules – or, when referred to jointly by Joni, “Moms” – gave birth to and raised their children, and built a family life for the four of them. As Joni prepares to leave for college, 15-year-old Laser presses her for a big favor. He wants Joni, now 18, to help him find their biological father; the two teenagers were conceived by artificial insemination.
The Kids Are Alright wants you to know that gay parents have regular family issues too. Other than that, the film doesn’t have much to say. Mark Ruffalo’s Paul glides through the film with a laundry list of coolness (leather jacket- check. motorcycle- check. sex with a lesbian- check.), but his unwillingness to put long thoughts together becomes grating as the film progresses. By the time the hamfisted ending comes around, you’re likely to be as ambivalent about the film as Paul is with life.