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
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I'm just saying, Spermster's a hottie. Is he single?
Okay, first of all - ew - and second, he's a really good person, so I'd prefer it if you didn't taint him with your whore juice.
Fair enough, hairy muff. I'm outta here.
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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
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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