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
Filmed in twenty-three days, because the creators had rushed post-production, so it would be finished in time for Sundance. Even though it was admitted after the deadline, the movie became one of the breakout hits of the festival. See more »
Laser tells Paul that Joni got the National Merit Scholarship for science; however, National Merit Scholarships are not awarded in any specific categories. Candidates are chosen because of high scores on the PSAT, which does not include a science section. See more »
[Nic, Joni and Laser leaves the house into Nic's car. Then Jules comes out of the door only to find out that no one is paying attention on her. Tries to push the door open to go back in]
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TKAAR is a bitter failure, despite a subject that seemed promising, or at least to have some potential.
The plot turns out to be ultra thin and really lacks substance. There are quite a few themes and questions that weren't fully developed and resolved so that you end up with a sense of superficiality about this story. Moreover, you don't understand where Cholodenko wanted to go, and the cliché message that conveys the movie doesn't help at all.
As for the characters, they are quite linear and lack depth. The cast is average but you can't really blame them; Mark Ruffalo seems to be the only one who stood out and his performance wasn't that good.
A movie to forget.
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