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The kids are all right - Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Lisa Cholodenko

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A sexy comedy of errors about a very modern family. The Allgoods are a close family experiencing life's typical ups and downs: 18-year-old daughter Joni (Mia Wasikowska) is heading off to Stanford University and starting to distance herself from her parents; 14-year-old Laser (Josh Hutcherson) is hanging out with a deadbeat friend who constantly leads him into trouble. The only difference is that this family has two mums. Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) have been together for years, are deeply in love, and had both children through artificial insemination.

This loving but strained home life is thrown into comic disarray when the kids track down their biological donor-Dad, Paul (Mark Ruffalo), and invite him home for dinner. Paul is a bachelor whose sudden longing for a family introduces an interesting sexual dynamic to the not-quite-ordinary equation of the Allgoods. At first Joni is so happy to have a cool, handsome dad like Paul. But soon enough she comes to realise that Paul is fun loving but lacks self-control and when he starts sleeping with one of her mums chaos reigns.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film comedy of errors family lesbian teens mothers biological father sperm donor California relationship suburb

Persons of interest

  • Julianne Moore .... Jules
  • Annette Bening .... Nic
  • Mark Ruffalo .... Paul
  • Mia Wasikowska .... Joni
  • Josh Hutcherson .... Laser
  • Yaya DaCosta .... Tanya
  • Kunal Sharma .... Jai
  • Eddie Hassell .... Clay
  • Zosia Mamet .... Sasha
  • Joaquín Garrido .... Luis
  • Rebecca Lawrence .... Brooke
  • Lisa Eisner .... Stella
  • Eric Eisner .... Joel
  • Lisa Cholodenko .... Screenwriter
  • Stuart Blumberg .... Screenwriter
  • Lisa Cholodenko .... Director

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Theatrical report

The first thing that I am going to say is that Josh Hutcherson looks exactly like someone who is called Josh. What's more, if this were the 80s, he would be called Corey. That's all I'm going to say about that.

The kids are all right is more of a drama than a comedy of errors, but it still manages to have some humour to it. It's very adult, very early X-generation, very liberal, very California. Very dry, very dusty, very sunny. Very laid-back, very modern. Someone, somewhere, has got to be smoking weed. They just have to. But, like I said, it's more serious than humorous: domestic drama, adults parenting, teenagers coming of age, stable family units coming unstuck, changing dynamics, long-buried jealousies, replayed arguments, pent-up emotions. This being Hollywood, everyone is a little too good-looking to be true but it makes the film easier on the eye. You can look at the lesbians without being shocked. The skateboarding is more shocking than the dykes.

One thing I've noticed about our American friends is that much of their acting is very earnest. It's as if, back in Victorian times, some peripatetic American actor went to London and saw a poster for The importance of being earnest and decided that it was incredibly important but never actually saw the play. He then went back home and taught all his thespian friends how the English do it, entirely missing the point. Perhaps that's why there's such an irony deficiency in the States. The kids are all right is pretty ironic but there's still a lot of earnestness seeping through.

It's all very serious. Interesting. Entertaining. Amusing, even, but very serious.

The comedy of errors movie The kids are all right is directed by Lisa Cholodenko and stars Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo.

Government security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong sex scenes and infrequent drug use)

Surveillance time

101 minutes (1:41 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 2 September 2010

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