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The Kids Are All Right (2010)

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Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life.


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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 116 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tanya (as Yaya Dacosta)
Brooke (as Rebecca Lawrence)
Lisa Eisner ...
Waify Girl
Clay's Dad (as James Macdonald)


Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect same-sex relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. During their relationship, Jules has floundered in her "nine to five" life, sometimes trying to start a business - always unsuccessfully - or being the stay-at-home mom. She is currently trying to start a landscape design business. They have two teen-aged children, Joni (conceived by Nic) and Laser (by Jules). Although not exact replicas, each offspring does more closely resemble his/her biological mother in temperament. Joni and Laser are also half-siblings, having the same unknown sperm donor father. Shortly after Joni's eighteenth birthday and shortly before she plans to leave the house and head off to college, Laser, only fifteen and underage to do so, pleads with her to try and contact their sperm donor father. Somewhat reluctantly, she does. He is late ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Nic and Jules had the perfect family, until they met the man who made it all possible.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some teen drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 July 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los niños están bien  »

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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$491,971 (USA) (9 July 2010)


$20,803,237 (USA) (15 October 2010)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Julianne Moore received the script and agreed to star in the film five years before filming began. See more »


In the backyard barbecue scene, Paul's hot dog shows just having ketchup on it, to having both ketchup and mustard, to just ketchup again. See more »


Jules: What do you get in your relationship with Clay?
Laser: Whadda you... whadda you mean "get?"
Nic: Well, we just feel like he's a little untended.
Jules: Do you think he's the kind of person who's gonna help you grow?
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Crazy Credits

For Wendy and Calder. See more »


Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 16 March 2011 (2011) See more »


The Youth
Written by Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser (as Benjamin Goldwasser)
Performed by MGMT
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Excellent script and performances....
19 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Kids Are All Right is yet another dramedy about a dysfunctional family, but it is still an excellent film with a great script and performances.

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are excellent. Both are extremely versatile, and both flawed, but they play their characters with true respect for the script. Mark Ruffalo is also a nice addition, but If I had to choose the best, it would be Bening, simply because she has the most to play with. There is a great scene where she finally warms up to Ruffalo's character and starts her own rendition of one of her favorite songs in the dinner table. The best scene in the film, perfectly executed, and Bening certainly deserves an Oscar nomination for that scene alone. Mia Wasikowska also proves that she is a great talent to behold for the future. The ending is great, really touching and it rings especially with me because I am close to leaving for college next year as well.

Overall, I regret not having seen this sooner, and it is definitely worth accolades for the script and performances.

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