The Kids Are All Right is definitely a game changer of a movie in the sense that it brings to attention a style of life that’s not talked about in great detail. When movies such as this come around, it is important. Poignant movies deserve to not only be made, but seen, and by as many people as possible. The Kids Are All Right, while not the greatest movie out there, is such a film.
The Kids Are All Right is perhaps one of the more “real” films out in theaters, as it’s authentic in the way it portrays the characters. A lesbian couple with two kids is certainly not something you get to see everyday, especially in the land of movies; to do so is refreshing. This particular film is one of the best that the summer has produced, and in a summer of mediocre movies, every little bit helps. The indie flavor the movie sports doesn’t detract from the overall quality of the film and if anything, only adds to its general uniqueness.
I was additionally enthralled with the casting choices that were made. Julianne Moore, who has taken virtually every kind of role that can be thrown upon a person, gives a performance of her caliber, delivering with passion as she thrusts herself completely into the role. Annette Bening is another wonderful actress, one who I unfortunately have not seen in many films, does a great job taking on the masculine role of the two women, defending the household from what she presumes to be threats, which in this case takes the guise of whole-foods-restaurant-manager Mark Ruffalo, the sperm donor for the two kids (honestly I still don’t see him as Bruce Banner). Josh Hutcherson, undertaking his first serious role also does a splendid job and I like seeing him finally getting noticed in a positive light from the movie-going community. Even though he didn’t get the part of Spider-Man, I’m sure he has a bright future ahead of him.
Despite the moments of drama and sadness, the tone from the film is generally upbeat and I was surprised by the rather large quantities of sex throughout the movie’s entirety; I was not expecting it. The Kids Are All Right presents issues that are especially prevalent in today’s world, something that society can and should try to understand. The overall conflict from the movie comes from general lack of understanding and being unable to communicate properly with the people we love.
While I enjoyed The Kids Are All Right, especially the first two-thirds of the film, I found the third act to be somewhat tiresome. At this point in the movie we understand the problems that have worked their way into the lives of the main characters, but they keep getting rehashed until it’s redundant. This redundancy made the movie somewhat disappointing for me, for I can only take people talking and arguing about the same thing in a movie for so long. Furthermore, The Kids Are All Right is not a movie that everyone will enjoy. The message will get through, the movie itself might fall short of some folks’ expectations; it did for me.