Sunday, August 8, 2010

The kids are all right - movie review

This is the story about two moms with two kids from one sperm donor. Granted, you have a well rounded family of moms, Nic and Jules who have beautiful children - Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson). I can also so, Annette Benning and Juilanna Moore both aged like a fine wine, but then you have the sperm donor player Paul (Mark Ruffalo) who comes to mess things up. Thanks to Lazer who talked 18 year old Joni to find their so call biological Dad.

Along the way Nic and Jules are worried about all the ruff housing between 15 year old Laser and his best bud, Clay (Eddie Hassell). Its not so much a concern to think their boy might be gay, but the fellow he's hanging out with is a serious loser. Of course, then Jules reflects on this wondering if Nic thinks she's a loser since she's trying to start up her own landscaping business while Nic is a sucessful doctor. And then there is thoughtful, smart Joni who really enjoys her friendship with her guy friend Jai (Kunal Sharma) she plays scrabble with. Thus this all gets more tangled with the help of Paul.

Paul has done all right for himself. Didn't even finish college and can certainly get it on with the ladies and go green with his gardening co-op. Yet a certain attraction surfaces and well, it can very well... undo a family.

The movie has a great cast. Wonderful dialogue. Some very intimate moments. And I can't say who's performance was the best. It was a very sweet movie. And some very heartfelt moments, indeed. On the other hand, what if the couple wasn't that successful. What if these were characters with lots of extra baggage. Of course, you wouldn't have this very sweet movie, then. So yeah, I found the movie rather politically correct and fun, but still the grain of thought is...family is everything.

6 comments:

nick and heath said...

yeah, the movie definitely has its moments..and Ruffalo is so HAUTE!

izzy and dev said...

Sweet. Gotta see it.

Em [the writer] said...

That sounds a lot better than I thought it was about, guess I'll put this on my Netflix.

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

Hmmm, sounds like a sweet movie to watch. I don't mind those sweet movies. Maybe I'll have to check it out? YES.

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ellie said...

I do like Mia and Josh.

meg said...

I've been wondering about this one.