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“The Kids” is all right

What does the modern family look like?

The Kids are All Right” is the story of Nic and Jules (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) each of whom has had a child with the same anonymous sperm donor. When their kids, Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson), decide they want to meet their biological father they go behind their mom’s backs and contact him.

Enter Paul (Mark Ruffalo), a successful yet commitment-phobic restaurant owner. He has an instant connection with the kids and is soon invited back to meet the moms.

As Paul gets pulled deeper and deeper into this family he begins to realize what he’s been missing in his own life. And while Jules and the kids welcome Paul, Nic feels edged out by him which causes some friction.

“Kids” has a lot of good points. The acting is first rate all around and I really liked the story idea. It makes you think about what the modern family without bashing you over the head with it. Yes Nic and Jules are a gay couple but it’s just a plot point, not the entire plot. I like that it is just something that is there and we can move on with the story.

That being said, I have one major problem. The movie tries to make it seem like Nic and Jules had this perfect and happy little family until Paul shows up and messes it all up. But I don’t think that the family was that happy before. There is a dinner scene in the beginning that feels as tense and awkward at a dinner scene at the end of the film.

Plus, the major event that is supposed to really disrupt the family is cliché and could be seen coming from a mile away.

The movie was okay but I can’t recommend it as much as I want to. The lead actors are strong and it is a good study of family dynamics. Overall it was … all right.



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