Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect 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 and Laser, Nic who is Joni's biological mother, and Jules who is Laser's biological mother. 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 ... Written by
I am not sure if this deserved the 4 academy award nominations it got but if nothing else the acting from the 3 main actors is good enough.
The story though isn't saying much. 2 kids of a lesbian couple are searching for their biological father. I won't spoil you with what happens exactly but, if nothing else, the whole plot is simplistic maybe even flat, and the final outcome just sweeps under the rug any possible consequences.
The direction is nothing to write home about. Nothing really stands out except maybe the lead performances.
Some critics are praising the family values of the film, but in my opinion aren't so pronounced in this. The parents are two women and that may sell the movie to you, but after you have seen the movie you will doubt and question many things that the director/screenwriter (lesbian herself) tried to fit in her script. In my opinion this is more about egoism with some hints of guilt and remorse.
Overall: Check it out, but do not expect to see something other than an average movie.
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