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
The film has four references to wineries that appear prominently in Sideways (2004). During the first family dinner scene, the label of the wine bottle on the table is Frass Canyon; Nic looks at it and asks Jules if there is any more Fiddlehead. Frass Canyon is the contrived name of the winery where Paul Giamatti's character in Sideways (Miles) drinks from the spittoon and then dumps the remaining liquid on his head. Miles and Virginia Madsen's character in Sideways (Maya) rave about the Fiddlehead Sauvignon Blanc that Maya is drinking when the two couples meet for dinner--immediately following the famous Merlot scene. When Paul visits Jules and Nic's home for the first time, he announces that he's brought a bottle of Petite Sirah; the label is from Kalyra, the winery where Sandra Oh's character in Sideways works and meets Jack (Thomas Haden Church). Just before the scene when Nic learns of Jules's affair, Paul excitedly tells Nic that he has a "killer" bottle of Alma Rosa Pinot Noir (and the Alma Rosa label appears on the bottle). Alma Rosa is the winery owned by Richard Sanford. At the time Sideways was filmed, Richard Sanford owned Sanford, the first winery stop for Miles and Jack where Miles waxes poetic about Sanford's Pinot Noir. Alma Rosa's tasting room was the Sanford tasting room that appeared in Sideways, and Chris Burroughs, the wine pourer at Sanford in the film, poured for Alma Rosa as recently as 2014. See more »
In the scene where the central characters have dinner at Paul's house, Paul pours wine into his glass. As the scene progresses Paul's glass changes from empty to full about 6 or 7 times. See more »
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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