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The Kids Are All Right (2010)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  30 July 2010 (USA)
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Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tanya (as Yaya Dacosta)
Brooke (as Rebecca Lawrence)
Lisa Eisner ...
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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

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)


£1,485,900 (UK) (19 November 2010)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many of the characters in the film are seen wearing 'Free City' clothing. 'Free City' was created by Nina Garduno, girlfriend of Leisha Hailey. See more »


(at around 24 mins) While Mark Ruffalo's character is on the phone walking through his garden, a Star Waggon is very clearly seen centered in the frame behind the foliage. See more »


Jules: Go easy on the wine, hon. It's daytime.
Nic: Okay. Same goes for micromanaging, okay?
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Crazy Credits

For Wendy and Calder. See more »


Referenced in Gossip Girl: The Kids Are Not All Right (2011) See more »


All I Want
Written by Joni Mitchell
Performed by Annette Bening (uncredited) and Mark Ruffalo (uncredited)
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User Reviews

30 May 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The movie follows a Nic and Jules, a middle-aged couple raising their two teenage children, Joni and Laser in suburban L.A. And everything seems to be going just fine until the moment Joni turns 18 and is convinced by her brother to reach out to their biological father. Hesitating at first, Joni eventually puts in a call to the sperm bank, who puts her in touch with Paul, a restaurant owner and all around "cool dude" who seems willing to meet the kids he never knew he had. As Paul arrives in their lives the family is thrown into disarray and sticky situations that threatens the stability of this already unusual family.

The Good: The acting is great with good chemistry between Nic and Jules. Well what else would you expect of Annette Benning and Julianne Moore and not to forget, Mark Ruffalo. And the younger actors (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) give believable and very good performances.

Also the films is very energetic and never really looses your attention.

The Bad: The Films stumbles around a bit not really knowing if it's a romantic comedy or a a family drama specially at the end but fortunately stays true to its core.

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