Now showing on cable: “The Kids Are Alright”

Sorry, I’ve fallen a little behind on my movies due to the whole Comic-Con thing. This movie actually hit cable a couple of weeks ago. It’s making its rounds now on HBO.

“The Kids Are Alright” is the story of two teenaged children of a lesbian couple who seek out the sperm donor the women used… their biological father. The kids arrange the meeting on their own, but once the Moms learn about it, they insist on meeting him themselves.

Essentially the movie is a relationship dramedy with Ruffalo’s character, Paul, being the straw that stirs the drink. Paul is a laid back, earthy, single restaurant owner. His interjection into this family unsettles the prim and proper Nic (Bening) and reaffirms Jules (Moore). Soon the women are bickering as the balance of power between them shifts. His influence also acts as a change agent in the life of the two kids. Before you know it, you have an entire family questioning their relationships to each other…

I totally loved it. It’s funny and quotable, and it’s got a great soundtrack. I had to rewind to hear this line again from Ruffalo… I thought it was worth sharing.

“I’m not saying that higher learning uniformly blows… I’m sure college is great for some people.”

Bening’s dinner breakdown about the earthy, organic, all natural fad is hysterical. And Moore’s diatribe about marriage near the end of the movie is memorable as well.

In the end, the movie is more than just a typical dramatic comedy. It really makes a point about family, both how hard it can be and how worthwhile it is.

The movie was highly acclaimed, winning the Golden Globes for best musical/comedy and best actress (Bening). It was also nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Bening again) and Best Supporting Actor (Ruffalo). And the accolades it earned were well deserved.

Rock solid A.

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4 thoughts on “Now showing on cable: “The Kids Are Alright”

  1. The cast is the real saving grace here, especially Ruffalo, and even though the script could have used a bit of better tweeking, I still felt like this was a very heartfelt film about the importance of family no matter how strange one may be. Good Review Dan!

    • I’ll circle back to this and check out your post sometime this weekend – looking forward to it.

      Honestly I was surprised how much I connected with it. I think that’s key here. If you don’t connect with the characters in a movie like this, what else is left?

      But yeah, I really wound up liking it a lot.

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