Monday, July 26, 2010

The kids are all right

Director and Writer: Lisa Cholodenko (High Art and Laurel Canyon)

Starring: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson

Comic tale of a dysfunctional family in which Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) are a married lesbian couple with two upstanding children, the introspective 18-year-old Joni (Mia Wasikowska); and her 15-year-old sibling, Laser (Josh Hutcherson). Unbeknown to their parents the kids decide to meet their biological father, the man who donated the sperm that led to both their conceptions. He turns out to be the laid-back Paul (Mark Ruffalo), an organic restaurateur who rides his motorcycle to and fro, from organic garden to Tuscan kitchen. His scruffy demeanor and easygoing attitude eventually earn the affection of the kids and Jules but sets Nic on edge. Unsure of how to allow him into their collective lives, the adults try to determine what’s best for all involved. Never realising of course the consequences of what awaits. Good performances throughout this well crafted and at time hilarious, movie.

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