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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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Lisa Cholodenko
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 120 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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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Jules: [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] It's locked.
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For Wendy and Calder. See more »


Soundtracks

The Youth
Written by Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser (as Benjamin Goldwasser)
Performed by MGMT
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Disappointment
28 October 2012 | by christophe92300See all my reviews

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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