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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.

Director:

Lisa Cholodenko
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 29 wins & 123 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Jules
Annette Bening ... Nic
Mark Ruffalo ... Paul
Mia Wasikowska ... Joni
Josh Hutcherson ... Laser
Yaya DaCosta ... Tanya (as Yaya Dacosta)
Kunal Sharma ... Jai
Eddie Hassell ... Clay
Zosia Mamet ... Sasha
Joaquín Garrido ... Luis
Rebecca Lawrence Levy ... Brooke (as Rebecca Lawrence)
Lisa Eisner Lisa Eisner ... Stella
Eric Eisner ... Joel
Sasha Spielberg ... Waify Girl
James MacDonald ... Clay's Dad (as James Macdonald)
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los niños están bien See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$491,971, 11 July 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,811,365

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,705,850
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was greenlit for 2006, but Lisa Cholodenko postponed the project when she became pregnant. See more »

Goofs

When Laser and Joni hug at the University, Laser hugs with one arm up and one arm down, and so does Joni. But in the next scene, Joni's arms are both up, and Laser's are down. See more »

Quotes

Jules: Go easy on the wine, hon. It's daytime.
Nic: Okay. Same goes for micromanaging, okay?
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For Wendy and Calder. See more »


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Cousins
Written by Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Baio, and Chris Tomson
Performed by Vampire Weekend
Courtesy of XL Recordings Ltd
By arrangement with The Beggars Group
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All Right Is Alright
19 December 2010 | by NJMoonSee all my reviews

The kids are better than all right, they're terrific. So are their lesbian moms, played with insight and skill by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. Trouble is, the film that surrounds them turns out to be less than compelling stuff despite its topicality. The sperm donor responsible for the family at hand is played by Mark Ruffalo, and although a talented fellow, his character has enough foibles to keep him emotionally distant from the viewer. The story of his introduction to this modern family goes in a couple of directions, but all feel familiar and none satisfactory. Terrific premise, but unfulfilled promise.


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