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Movie Review – The Kids Are All Right

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When you sit down to watch a film and you don’t have a single clue as to what it’s about, who’s in it, or even if it’s going to be in English, it gives you a sense of excitement as it could really end up being anything!  It also gives you no expectations whatsoever, other than the hope that it will be at least half decent and entertaining, so at the very least you won’t be let down by the experience. So when this film opened all I knew was its name, which gave me an indication of the nature of it, albeit an incredibly small indication, and I was then surprised to see the film was filled with some great actors and I was excited that this could be a good ride.

“The son of a same-sex couple seeks out the sperm donor who made his birth possible in this comedy from writer/director Lisa Cholodenko. The committed parents of two teenage children, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), are about to send their daughter, Joni (Mia Wasikowska), off to college when her younger brother, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), asks for her help in tracking down his biological father. Reluctantly inquiring with the sperm bank, Joni leaves her number so the office can pass it along to their father. Enthusiastic at the thought of meeting his long lost offspring, Paul (Mark Ruffalo) musters the courage to reach out, and the family tree grows a new branch.”

It’s such an awesome feeling when a ‘small’ film can entertain you as much as a big blockbuster and it’s even cooler when that small film blows those big budget films out of the water. ‘The Kids Are All Right’ was just such a great film with a great script, awesome acting, and a very truthful soul to the whole piece. It reminded me a lot of the film I had seen earlier this year, ‘Mother and Child’, which also starred Annette Bening, but where that film had a few flaws this one didn’t and just got better and better and I left the cinema loving my job as a film reviewer!

9 out of 10 from me.

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