The Kids Are All Right (2010)



Critic Consensus: Worthwhile as both a well-acted ensemble piece and as a smart, warm statement on family values, The Kids Are All Right is remarkable.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some teen drug and alcohol use)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 16, 2010
Box Office: $20.8M
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Critic Reviews for The Kids Are All Right

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (41)

Its emotional pull remains consistent to the end.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

I want to high five the person who cast Benning and Moore as a couple. They're scenes are the most delicious parts of the film.

Full Review… | May 1, 2015

We're shown real life problems in a fictional story that gives us real life solutions. Bravo Lisa, your film is more than all right.

Full Review… | August 28, 2013
Gordon and the Whale

Bening hoists this heavy-handed dramedy high with a burst of superhuman strength. And all you can do is sit in awe.

Full Review… | May 25, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

A twist on the traditional family drama, where every character has depth and deserves redemption.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

The dialog seems like it was pulled from a magazine full of bad liberal clichés. It feels as if people who used to be progressives, but want people to think they still are wrote this movie.

Full Review… | February 27, 2011
Eclipse Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Kids Are All Right

Annette Bening gives a stunning performance, but it's also a mix of situations and a high level of authenticity and tension that allow for The Kids Are All Right to shine. It is an enjoyable, and ultimately, heartwarming watch.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

TKAAR is sort of the most perfect dramedy I've seen on the subject of marriage and family values.

The cast of "modern characters" are all incredibly colorful in their own right but through their interactions with each other become truly authentic. Their rounded/layered characterizations is what really makes the film shine, transcending the politically provoking/gimmicky premise.

It's a great story, that manages to map the sophisticated issues and struggles of each character gracefully without feeling staged whilst delivering a satisfying ending that isn't obnoxiously hollywood.

Also I'd like to add, the film is outright hilarious! Which balances very well with the heavy drama explored through and through.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

What to say about The Kids Are All Right?
Some good moments, but couldn't see any sophistication or humour. It's a high concept movie wich only difference is to bring a lesbian couple as the apparently perfect family: the father-provider (Nic), who works hard and always get the bad part (the boring parent), the free spirit, lovely but bored housewife (Jules), the beautiful and nice kids. It's interesting how the "bio-dad" figure is brought to the story and all its consequences, but it could've been better explored and not fall into common sense.

All the structure family is about to ruin with Paul. He's a cool guy and is doing "his" role quite well being present and giving confidence to both Laser and Joni. In any moment they wonder what all that means, except for Nic. They only see themselves as a (close) family again when Paul fucks up. And when that happens, all the fault is put over him. Joni says she just wished that he could've been better. Wouldn't it be more sensate and logical to expect that Jules, her mother, could've been better and not him? Jules has all excuses (marriage is hard, she didn't feel appreciate) and in the end is nothing but the common "it's all men's fault" (easy sex, immaturity, the family destroyer).

Paul basically says Jules she's talented and agrees with all she does and that is enough to make her feel appreciated. Ok, it can happen, but we could understand it if it was with a woman. Lesbians don't have such fantasies. Bisexual women do. Is human sexuality complicated? Oh, please! Not to mention the typical (and tiresome) "male-wild" sex scenes.

Rubia Carolina

Super Reviewer

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