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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

By D.E.Levine

Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Writers: Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
Cast: Julianne Moore, Annette Benning, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Yaya DaCosta, Kunal Sharma, Eddie Hassell, Zosia Mamet et al.
Producer: Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray, and Daniela Taplin Lundberg
Executive Producer: J. Todd Harris, Neil Katz, Riva Marker, Anne O'Shea, Andy Sawyer, Steven Saxton, Christy Scott Cashman and Ron Stein
Co-producer: Charles E. Bush Jr., Todd J. Labarowski, Joel Newton, Laura Rosenthal and Bergen Swanson
Original Music: Carter Burwell, Nathan Larson and Craig wedren
Running Time: 134 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Comedy/Drama

This is a true indie film with a strong staff and typical Hollywood comedy. But the lesbian couple who form the central family unit are totally conventional and portrayed in a down to earth fashion that frequently is missed in film.

Superbly cast and acted, Nic and Jules are solid, tax-paying citizens who happen to be lesbians. Nic is a gynecologist who works long hours so that Jules can be a stay at home wife and mother. She has an acidic tongue and a dominating manner.

Jules has dabbled in various "careers" and at the moment is into landscaping design. She's a bit restless and absorbed with starting her own business.

Having entered into a long-time relationship and had two children (they each had one) via a sperm donor, despite their obvious adoration they've hit a stale patch in their relationship.

But, the kids are growing up and acting like typical rebellious teenagers. With the daughter going off to college, the kids are wondering about the man who supplied the sperm to father them and set out to find him.

When they do locate him he turns out to be a hippie restaurateur who readily agrees to meet the two kids. The three hit it off but the two Moms are a bit more cautious because having dropped out of college and led a bit of a vagabond life, they don't consider him role-model material.

The film is witty and pokes fun at baby boomer culture both for narcissistic introspection and "super" parenting skills, while simultaneous pursuits if self-gratification.

Actually, the film promotes and endorses all the traditional family values and mothering skills, regardless of whether the parents are same sex or heterosexual.