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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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Nic
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Tanya (as Yaya Dacosta)
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Jai
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Clay
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Luis
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Brooke (as Rebecca Lawrence)
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Joel
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Waify Girl
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Clay's Dad (as James Macdonald)
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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

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Nic and Jules had the perfect family, until they met the man who made it all possible.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some teen drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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30 July 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los niños están bien  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$491,971 (USA) (9 July 2010)

Gross:

$20,803,237 (USA) (15 October 2010)
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When Jules is trying, awkwardly, to explain the reasons that lesbians might prefer to watch gay male pornography rather than porn showing two women together, one of the reasons she gives is that they always cast two straight women pretending to be gay in those movies. Both Julianne Moore, who plays Jules, and Annette Bening, who plays Nic, are in their real lives straight actress pretending to be lesbians for this movie. See more »

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(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 »

Quotes

Paul: Tanya, you're so sexy and beautiful but I... I don't think we should do that anymore. You know, what we have is really fun and easy. But I don't wanna be that... that 50 year old guy who's just hangin' out you know. I really... I really do wanna have a family and I need to be doing that with someone who's like... like ready to go there with me.
Tanya: [sad and surprised] Oh.
[looks away]
Paul: Tanya!
Tanya: [nods] Yeah. Fuck you.
[gets up and walks away]
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For Wendy and Calder. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: The Kids Are All Fight (2015) See more »

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Sundown Syndrome
Written by Kevin Parker
Performed by Tame Impala
Courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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The Kids is OK.
7 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Products of same parents different mothers inquisitive teens Joni and Laser seek out their biological father. Paul (Mark Ruffalo) turns out to be a likable laid back vacillator that the kids would like to have more of in their lives. Nic (Annette Benning) a focused doctor is cautious while Jules (Julliane Moore) more free wheeling in the mode of Paul connects with him in more ways than one.

Kids is a basic dramedy of bump in the road marital discord enhanced by the changing make- up of today's nuclear family. The same problems of raising a family and maintaining individual identity within the unit are dealt with here as in any union but with the added dynamic of same gender partners struggling with traditional heterosexual hurdles.

As lovers and parents Moore and Benning are excellent as they display a nice comfortable chemistry with each other, casually defining and revealing the problems in the relationship without hysteria. Opposites in many ways Benning's Nic is rigid but pliable, Moore's Jules free spirited but conflicted; yet they balance each other well as long time companions. Ruffalo's Paul has a nice irresponsible charm at first that allows him to inveigle his way into the family setting momentarily by winning over the kids and Jules as well as a grudging respect from Nic.

Director Lisa Cholodenko maintains a spry enough pace by moving from character to character without bogging down in the superfluous chatter that devoured Laurel Canyon and along with a trio of winning performances to carry it along "The Kids.." is a lot better than all right.


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