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This homey construct is warm, exactingly crafted and painted with pop-country tones.
A film that always chooses optimism and wishful thinking over realism.
In its murky light, the film is filled with details that seem utterly true...
The Kids Are All Right cuts the same corners as this movie, it just uses a better knife.
Deftly combining low-key romance and gentle humor, the director, Ella Lemhagen (working from Michael Druker's 2008 play), stares down prejudice with a nudge and a wink rather than a soapbox.
There's enough material here for two movies, and frankly, neither sounds like one I'd want to see.
It's so sincerely good-willed, and the performances are low-key and terrific, especially Skarsgård as the more big-hearted of the gay marrieds.
What looks on paper like the perfect setup for a farce is actually the makings of a sweet drama.
Pretty funny and the humor ran alongside many pleasant and fulfilling arcs.
certainly nothing we haven't seen before
The kid's not all right in this appealing high-concept and surprisingly affecting romantic drama about a married gay couple who get a nasty surprise after believing they've adopted an ideal child.
A sensitive and heartwarming drama that could have been easily filled with clichés and turned into a melodrama but is wise instead to develop its story in an always believable and sincere way, relying also on two adorable performances by Skarsgård and Ljungman.
Very good movie! This surprisingly sweet and touching movie will be overlooked by the majority of viewers simply because it is a gay themed movie. Not quite a comedy, and a tad darker than a drama, this sweet Swedish movie touched my heart - and it has a happy ending, to boot.
"I didn't quite know what to expect with this film, but I ended up loving it. The film tells the story of a gay couple looking to adopt. They come into some trouble when no countries want to provide them with a child because of their sexual preferences. But then they get a letter saying they have been chosen to take care of Patrik which they believe to be 1 !/2 yrs. old. But soon as Patrik arrives it is obvious to the viewer but not to the couple that their was a typo when they wrote 1,5. Obviously the boy is 15 and he has already become somewhat of a criminal. This puts Sven and Garan's relationship through many things and the ending is a bit surprising. I really enjoyed the whole film. Patriks story is sad. The only thing I have a complaint about is that I wish they would have explored more on why Patrik was so terrified of going back to the institution they were wanting to send him back too. I mean for him to run away and say he would rather die then return there had to have been something horribly wrong with the place. Besides that, I loved it. Great film to see if you get the chance and can handle subtitles."
Sweet and slightly melancholy Swedish film about a gay couple whose adoption of a supposed infant brings them a troubled 15 year old is both as simple as it sounds and not so much. Hugely aided by the happy/sad central performance of its lead, it doesn't so much tug at the heart as sadly poke at it. There's a too-easy third act turn that calls all the proceedings into question, but the whole enterprise is redeemed by a last scene that makes it all OK. A nice mug-of-hot-chocolate-on-a-snowy-day kind of movie.
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