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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 »





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?


Annette Bening and Julianne Moore were nominated for the Best Actress Oscar in 1999. Bening was nominated for American Beauty (1999), while Moore was nominated for The End of the Affair (1999). They both lost to Hilary Swank for Boys Don't Cry (1999). Bening was nominated for her role in this film, but would again lose to Swank for her performance in Million Dollar Baby. See more »


When Laser and Joni hug at the University, Laser hugs with one arm up and one arm down, and so does Joni. But in the next scene, Joni's arms are both up, and Laser's are down. See more »


Paul: Hey, it's already hard enough to open your heart in this world. Don't make it any harder.
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Crazy Credits

For Wendy and Calder. See more »


Referenced in Conan: Something Smelly That Way Went (2011) See more »


Black Country Rock
Written by David Bowie
Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of RZO Music
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Unconventional Family
15 August 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Los Angeles, the lesbians Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nicole "Nic" (Annette Bening) are mothers of the eighteen year-old Joni Mitchell (Mia Wasikowska) and fifteen year-old Laser (Josh Hutcherson) that have been conceived by the same sperm donor for the artificial insemination. Nic is a doctor; Jules is a housewife graduated in architecture and has just started a gardening business but she is not supported by Nic and has no clients; Joni has joined the college; and Laser is in high-school. Out of the blue, Joni decides to seek out her biological father and she finds Paul (Mark Ruffalo), who is a businessman with a restaurant and a nontrangenic plantation. After the first encounter, they invite Paul to have dinner with their family and Paul hires Jules to transform his back garden. Paul gets close to Joni and Laser and has a love affair with Jules. He falls in love for her, but Jules still loves Nic. Meanwhile Nic feels that she is losing her authority with the children and is jealous of Paul. How will this triangle of love end?

"The Kids Are All Righta" is an original dramatic comedy (or comic drama) about an unconventional family that is deeply affected when the sperm donor is brought to them. The conclusion is realistic and without any concessions. The eternal beauty of Julianne Moore is another attraction of this little film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Minhas Mães e Meu Pai" ("My Mothers and My Father")

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