Let’s Go Downtown and Watch the Modern Kids

The Kids Are AlrightIf you really believed that a family headed by homosexual parents was any different than a family headed by heterosexual parents, you’d be quickly disavowed of this notion after seeing The Kids Are All Right, which stars Annette Bening as Nic and Julianne Moore as Jules, who are raising two children, Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson), while dealing with the same things that happen in many traditional marriages.

That Nic and Jules are lesbians is perhaps the only “remarkable” or “quirky” thing about them. Other than that, they’re pretty ordinary. Nic is a doctor and Jules — well, Jules seems to have finally settled on a career in landscaping. Their eldest child is Joni, who is leaving the nest to go to university, leaving behind her brother Laser. Perhaps because of this imminent upheaval, Laser wants to meet their sperm-donor father (Mark Ruffalo). But Laser isn’t old enough to make contact with Paul, so he enlists Joni’s aide before she leaves for school.

What follows is a somewhat predictable story, which I will not spoil here. Suffice it to say that I was less than impressed with what this movie gave me, although I enjoyed the performances of the adult leads. Bening in particular, was a standout, giving a dignified performance. It is to her credit that I came away from The Kids Are All Right feeling anything. The film as a whole left so many loose ends, and while it may be true that life cannot be tied up neatly in a bow, I was left wanting.


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