Posted on 7/21/12 06:59 AM
The Kids Are All Right is a touching, tender and unconventional, but quite realistic family drama which explores social establishments such as family, friendship and family values. It is a fascinating piece of dramatic B-movie which goes as a traditional and conservative family drama about a progressive family.
The whole movie is poised with the feeling of enjoying a lazy and sunny B-drama shot in sunny California during a summer that changed the lives of a lesbian family and their kids. The whole plot consists of several layers which explore multiple issues simultaneously: from how you grow up and parent your children; through the issues of unspoken family problems and to the questions of how a modern family copes real-life problems. The story has no one focused direction
Probably the most remarkable thing in The Kids All Right is the fact that a progressive family of two lesbians has to cope with issues typical for a conservative family and to maintain the same conservative values. In a summer-laziness-manner director Lisa Cholodenko takes the approach of a viewer and not of a story-teller. Significant part of the movie develops while the main actors are dining, lunching or just around the table.
Speaking of the actors, The Kids Are All Right benefits from an outstanding leading female-centric cast. Annette Bening and Julianne Moore have a chemistry that makes the audience believe they have been together for years. The calm and settle love between them, the dominating and controlling role of Bening and the personally dissatisfied Julianne Moore create an amazingly realistic family couple. Amidst this family perfection, the presence of Paul (formidable performance of Mark Ruffalo) adds a strange discrepancy in the perfect family life of Moore and Bening. This almost moves the center of the movie, but director Cholodenko quickly comes back to her main focus.
The fact that Cholodenko has decided to be a viewer, than a director has resulted in a story that is easily observed and followed, a story that is stunningly realistic, but also a story that fails to go beyond its sunny and easy-going pace and to provoke stronger emotions in the audience. As a matter of fact, if there is one single minus of this movie, it would be namely the insufficient emotional load. No matter how much one would enjoy the story, how many similarities one would find between his family and this one (in terms of interpersonal relationships), a viewer of this movie would never really feel fully involved in the drama of this family.
The Kids Are All Right is a worth-seeing B-movie. It would please you with its performances, easy-going, but realistic story-telling and with the comparisons which you may draw between what you see and what you experience in your real life.To some it may even be a true delight.