For those of you regarding The Kids Are All Right as one of the best movies of the year, I ask you one thing: why?
This movie had great potential to be very good, but the sexual content was just too much. We’ve got two mothers, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), who are raising two children. The wine guzzling Nic is rigid and appears angry much of the time. Jules is the exact opposite to an annoying degree. Jules has a bit of a hippie streak in her, man. While I usually find Julianne Moore to be quite charming, in this movie she was obnoxious.
Without any great successes, Jules decides to create a business. Nic is reluctantly supportive. The chemistry between the two is just not there in a believable way.
Their two children, Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson), were achieved through artificial insemination. The two brooding teenagers decide that they need to find the sperm donor who created them, and do so. Donor Paul (Mark Ruffalo) comes into the picture. This quickly takes a disastrous turn.
As I said before, the idea of the movie is a good one. However, the blatant sexual display stomps out what could have been what director Lisa Cholodenko might have been going for. This movie borders on pornographic, people. There’s a way to work sex into a film that is tasteful, and this movie missed the mark on that. The difficulties of staying in love, having a successful marriage, and raising children are the message here, but appear to be muted by all of the s-e-x. I’m talking lots of sex here. While that might be motivation for some to see the film, for me it really put a damper on things.
The film tries to save itself at the end, but it just doesn’t get there. The Kids Are All Right might win a couple of awards because award show season takes all kinds. In the end, no performance was superb, the plot fell to the wayside, and it seemed disorganized. The kids are all wrong.