By Anna

No one who had a part of this film let me down. And though the satire of a two-mother household is there, it isn’t the point of the film because the film gives its audience more than the ethics of sperm donating, same-sex marriage controversy, or classic dinner table scenes. The Kids Are All Right is about the complexity of relationships and the idea that even when people let you down, they still represent everything they did right in spite of one huge mistake.

I just wish we could talk more about the ending. Without spoiling, because it wouldn’t be fair to you to give to much away—though maybe you should’ve just seen this brilliant work by now—it needs to be said that this work is about the beauty and messiness of family. Everyone wants one, even though it’s your family that will let you down the hardest.

Laser (Josh Hutcherson, Bridge to Terabithia) and Joni (Mia Wasikowska, Alice in Wonderland) seek out Paul (Mark Ruffalo), their biological father whom their mothers never knew except through his sperm. Paul is a carefree local farmer and restaurateur, whose sensuality oozes onto everyone he glances at including the audience, who represents a non-sacrificial generation. Non-sacrificial because Paul wants a family, but doesn’t know how to naturally have one and only finds it natural to not have to sacrifice anything in order to achieve familial bonds. He represents the idea that singleness isn’t selfish, but singleness also doesn’t have to die to anyone else through the bonds of marriage, and that marriage isn’t something to desert when it gets tough.

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are gorgeous in this film and connect with each other and their kids in a believable way that takes the audience from laughter to the stages of grief in a matter of hours and it is an aesthetic experience.

A lot can be explicated from this film and should be, but what stuck with me most was the tenderness and effrontery director Lisa Cholodenko gives to this family and calls her audience out on.

No matter what good we do in the world, it’s subsidiary to family.

Quick Reviews from the Movies I saw this week:

Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christi is probably best left read, but this film had its moments of fright. It’s overall a little dry, but worth a view if you’re into mysteries, though don’t expect a raunchy run-around like Clue. It’s quirky and mellow with a lot of old faces from classic cinema. Check it out on a rainy day.

The King of Kong

I don’t know why it took me so long to see this austere and intriguing documentary on this fierce competition for the World Record of Donkey Kong. If you like documentaries at all this one’s full of espionage, treachery and all out determination of one man’s fight to stay on top and another’s fight for personal integrity and dignity. Anything really can happen in Donkey Kong.

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