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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 29 wins & 129 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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

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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 | 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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The film has four references to wineries that appear prominently in Sideways (2004). During the first family dinner scene, the label of the wine bottle on the table is Frass Canyon; Nic looks at it and asks Jules if there is any more Fiddlehead. Frass Canyon is the contrived name of the winery where Paul Giamatti's character in Sideways (Miles) drinks from the spittoon and then dumps the remaining liquid on his head. Miles and Virginia Madsen's character in Sideways (Maya) rave about the Fiddlehead Sauvignon Blanc that Maya is drinking when the two couples meet for dinner--immediately following the famous Merlot scene. When Paul visits Jules and Nic's home for the first time, he announces that he's brought a bottle of Petite Sirah; the label is from Kalyra, the winery where Sandra Oh's character in Sideways works and meets Jack (Thomas Haden Church). Just before the scene when Nic learns of Jules's affair, Paul excitedly tells Nic that he has a "killer" bottle of Alma Rosa Pinot Noir (and the Alma Rosa label appears on the bottle). Alma Rosa is the winery owned by Richard Sanford. At the time Sideways was filmed, Richard Sanford owned Sanford, the first winery stop for Miles and Jack where Miles waxes poetic about Sanford's Pinot Noir. Alma Rosa's tasting room was the Sanford tasting room that appeared in Sideways, and Chris Burroughs, the wine pourer at Sanford in the film, poured for Alma Rosa as recently as 2014. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the central characters have dinner at Paul's house, Paul pours wine into his glass. As the scene progresses Paul's glass changes from empty to full about 6 or 7 times. See more »

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Sasha: Hey, she worked her ass off. She deserves some hot jock sausage.
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Referenced in 13 Reasons Why: Two Girls Kissing (2018) See more »

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Knife
Written by Edward Droste, Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear, and Christopher Taylor
Performed by CSS
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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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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Release Date:

30 July 2010 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$491,971, 11 July 2010

Gross USA:

$20,811,365

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,758,951
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1.85 : 1
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