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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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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?


Mark Ruffalo filmed his role in only six days. See more »


In the scene concerning Tanya and Paul, as he discusses the phone call from the sperm bank, the necklace Tanya is wearing disappears then reappears. See more »


Joni: He might be weird. I mean, he donated sperm. That's weird.
Laser: Well, you know, if he hadn't, we wouldn't be here, so... respect.
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Crazy Credits

For Wendy and Calder. See more »


Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 26 January 2011 (2011) See more »


Written by Edward Droste, Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear, and Christopher Taylor
Performed by Css (as CSS)
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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User Reviews

A Creative Twist on an Old Routine
5 April 2011 | by (Firenze, Italia) – See all my reviews

It is easy to reinvent the wheel. Throughout the past few decades the cinema has proved this fact with countless low-budget comedies by exploiting the structure of the classical American family. Yet, Lisa Cholodenko's 2010 film The Kids Are All Right offers something refreshingly new; but what? Is it the bohemian lifestyle of a middle- aged sperm donor? Or maybe it's the impulsive decisions of a lesbian landscaper. As one can imagine, this is no typical family.

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore costar as Nic and Jules Allgood, proud homosexual partners and co-mothers of Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson) by way of artificial insemination. With maturity comes curiosity, and when the children seek their paternity they come face to face with sperm donor Paul Hatfield (Mark Ruffalo). Paul connects immediately with the children but his liberal ways threaten Nic's control and an affair with Jules tears the family to pieces. With Joni off to college at the end of the summer this unconventional group must relearn to trust and love one another in the face of their own familial defeat.

If there is one area of production that deserves special recognition here it is certainly the original screenplay by Lisa Cholodenko. A dynamic and comedic mix of highs and lows, Cholodenko exposes the raw nature and beauty of a family in crisis and leaves the audience with the perfect blend of closure and ambiguity. It is almost unthinkable that The Kids Are All Right did not take the Best Original Screenplay Oscar at the 83rd Academy Awards. I say this not to take credit from The King's Speech, but how many Oscars can you carry at once, Tom Hooper?

Passionate star support says a lot about a story, and The Kids Are All Right may not have gotten off the ground if it had not been for the support of Bening, Moore and Ruffalo, all three of whom had been attached to this little project upon reading the script. Shot in Los Angeles in just twenty three days, The Kids Are All Right is an unconventional portrait of an unconventional family.

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