The Kids Are All Right takes the typical story of kids trying to find out about a biological parent and puts a new spin on it.
Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (yes, Laser—this is a very hippie movie—played by Josh Hutcherson) are the children of a lesbian couple, Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening). Joni and Laser go in search of their biological father, Paul (Mark Ruffalo), and their family inadvertently dives into a whole new relationship with him. Their cultures clash a bit, as Jules and Nic are rather uptight, despite their best efforts, and Paul is a bit too free and alternative for their tastes.
He brings out different qualities in everyone in the family, some good and some bad. Each ends up reflecting upon his or her life and there are some important and difficult realizations made. There is a lot of sexuality about the film, but in the end, it’s a very tender, touching movie throughout.
Each actor in the film pulls his or her own weight, Julianne Moore and Annette Bening in particular. This is the first movie I’ve seen with Mia Wasikowska since Alice In Wonderland last year, and I can see her really doing well in the future, particularly in the upcoming Jane Eyre.
4 out of 5 stars