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.

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3 responses to “1- The Kids Are Alright [6.0]”

  1. Mike Ross says :

    it’s going to be tough, that’s for sure. hopefully my reviews are decent enough to get people to stick around/comment and whatnot, which would make the whole thing that much more worth it. is adjustment bureau worth a viewing?

  2. Kyle Simonsen says :

    Watched this last night. Annette Benning was really, really good in it, and this is coming from someone who really, really doesn’t care about Annette Benning. Her character was a blend of suburban cliches sandwiched into a lesbian, but she made hay with it.

    I thought it felt like the very best episode of a bad TV family drama, like “Grey’a Anatomy” or something. Which probably sounds meaner than I intend it to be, but that’s the overall vibe I got from the film. It just never went anywhere particularly tough, or complex, or unexpected, which almost seems like a hard thing to do given the circumstances.

    My wife, however, really enjoyed it, and it’s nice when I pick a film she likes. So it was worth watching. Heh.

  3. Elvira Dandridge says :

    I concur what a mighty well written story, thank you for writing it.

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