So it's been a really slow movie-viewing month for me but my husband and I managed to actually settle down for a DVD the other night and we chose last year's Oscar-nominated The Kids Are All Right, about a lesbian couple played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, whose children decide to meet their biological sperm-donor dad, a man-child played by Mark Ruffalo. At first it's all congeniality and wine and picturesque organic-food dinners, but things go south when Paul, Ruffalo's character, has a sexual relationship with one of the women.
The Kids Are All Right is an art house crowd pleaser; its liberal politics and the Whole-Foods-affluent lifestyle the characters live make for an attractive celluloid fantasy. I hesitated for a long time to see this movie because I felt like I'd seen it many times before, at least in terms of the setting and milieu. Does anybody really have those gorgeous, picture-perfect dinner parties? The film raises some interesting and thorny issues which it mostly ignores- things about identity and sexuality and honesty- but the performances are all really good and the movie is great to look at.
So, yeah, I liked it. The ending surprised me; it was a stronger ending than I thought it would have, and I loved how the characters grew, especially the couple's two kids. It's a nice film that's easy to like and makes for a pleasant evening of thought-provoking entertainment.