The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko, 2010)

"So, my husband Warren would like to meet you..."

What's it about? When the children of a lesbian couple (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) get in contact with their 'donor dad' (Mark Ruffalo), his presence threatens to unsettle their cosy family unit.

Is it any good? The familiar beats of a family drama are freshened up by the nicely observed postmodern set-up and by splendid performances from all the leads. It's not spectacular, but it is a warm comedy-drama which may generate some talking points.

I don't trust you. what do others think? Good reviews all round for it (94% on Rotten Tomatoes) and Oscar nominations for Bening, Ruffalo, Best Picture and Screenplay, but predictably, the nature of the story did result in criticism from various outraged groups and individuals, although some did have valid points.

Anything else I should know? Director Cholodenko could deal with that sort of criticism - she and her partner had a baby by sperm donor a few years previously, so it's probably safe to assume she knows what she's talking about.

What does the Fonz think? The Film is All Right.





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