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  • Actors: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Hutcherson, Annette Bening, Mia Wasikowska
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: Nov. 16 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041JLUFU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,964 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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I would order .. anything with ... these actors in.. em.... I thought the story was well adapted. and .. served a purpose....
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I love this movie and find it completely unfair to say that this is all about sex -- the fact that the other reviewer made a point of emphasizing that the characters and skin flick in question are gay makes me more than a little suspicious of the reviewer's biases. It's a relationship movie. Yes, there's sex involved. That's because romantic relationships usually involve sex. It's not hard to see past it to the other emotional content.

This movie is a beautiful story about a family that finds themselves in a social crisis at a difficult point in their lives. The kids are played realistically with a well-observed combination of independence and neediness that feels really authentic. The moms are just as good - really touching in spots and hilarious at other times; both have weaknesses that the other tries to work through and the conflict between them feels really true to life.

The movie's primarily about transitions - in the moms' relationship, and in the kids' lives (college, sperm dad, etc.). Mark Ruffalo's character comes off as a real tool and I, at least, have definitely met people like him and enjoyed seeing the way his interaction with the family plays out. There are a lot of short snippets that give really great insight into the characters without having to explain too much. It's set in California and I loved the moments where there are peeks of the characters' super-granola side (in other words, the times when they're so typically west coast liberal it's funny).

I can see a lot of different people digging this movie - older teens can relate from the kids' perspective and parents would recognize a lot of the difficult and moving moments. Overall, highs and lows, a good rhythm, good acting, well written - if you like dramas, are in your twenties or older and want a good quiet date movie, or are older and into something that'll tweak someheart strings, this is a good choice.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 5 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Directed by Lisa Cholodenko
Starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo
106 minutes

Video codec: VC-1
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: DTS 5.1
Spanish: DTS 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some teen drug and alcohol use.

***Minor spoilers within***

Nominated for best picture and best screenplay, as well as supporting actress (Bening) and supporting actor (Ruffalo), the Kids Are All Right was less than spectacular.

It's not that any of the actors performed poorly; they were all good. Nobody stood out though. The story itself was pretty standard fare with nothing to distinguish it from the pack.

I didn't find myself laughing or emotionally moved, apart from one scene when Bening was talking about music. As someone who understands why music is hugely important in my life, I connected with what she was saying and portraying.

The story revolves around a family which has two mothers (Bening and Moore). When their biological father (Ruffalo) is contacted by one of the two kids, he starts to become involved in their lives.

It's a puzzle to me how this is among the 10 best picture nominees. It's slightly above average with decent acting. The story is nothing special. I wasn't sitting on the edge of my seat hoping for something and I never felt connected with the characters apart from the scene I mentioned earlier.

Worth seeing, but don't rush out to buy it.

The Blu-ray presentation is pleasing and I would recommend it to any fan of the movie.

Overall 3.5/5
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1 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Jacques on April 3 2011
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I was so disgusted with this movie. Holy smokes, they show lesbians watching a porn movie of 2 gay guys. How gross!! The language is pretty bad too. Lots of swearing. I fast forwarded many parts as well as travelling parts where nothing happens and there are many. I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone. Total garbage!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining but flawed indie comedy/drama (3 1/2 stars) Jan. 17 2011
By googleit - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, this movie is probably being at least a little overpraised by the critics. I suspect many of them consider it "brave" for a film to depict an ordinary American family, whose parents just happen to be lesbians. Let's face it, awards voters and critics love anything that deals with race, homosexuality, or any of the other hot-button social topics (witness the dreck known as "Crash" winning Best Picture a few years ago).

None of which is meant to detract from The Kids are All Right, which is still quite an enjoyable small film. The acting especially is uniformly good. Annette Bening is sure to receive an Oscar nomination (well deserved), for her fantastic performance as Nic, the tightly-wound, more responsible half of the married couple formed by herself and Julianne Moore. Moore is also excellent playing Jules, a more aimless free-spirit type - their differences are a source of much of the comedy in the film. In all respects but their sexual orientation, they are a typical suburban married couple, with all the happiness and challenges that entails.

Mark Ruffalo continues to be one of the most reliably good actors working today. He gives another standout performance as Paul, the biological father of Nic's daughter Joni and Jules' son Laser. As is often the case in his other films, Ruffalo's acting has such ease and charm that he makes his performance look deceptively easy. In lesser hands the character of Paul could have been the stereotypical charming bad-boy we've seen before in movies a million times. But Ruffalo gives him a warmth and humanity that makes the audience root for him (even when he screws up).

My biggest complaint about the film was with a major plot twist involving Jules and Paul that seemed completely out of character to me. I realize the director was trying to comment on how Paul's more accepting nature gave Jules something she was not getting from her wife Nic - but the way it was done in the film strained credibility. I also thought the script was rather mean in its treatment of Paul in general... he was basically just discarded at the end of the film without even a chance at an apology. Meanwhile, Jules makes a rather pat speech about marriage, all is forgiven, and we get a pat and not-very-satisfying ending. The film seemed to border on being anti-male, at least that was my perception.

A word about the 2 young actors who play the kids... they both give fantastic, natural performances and are clearly talents to keep watching for as their careers progress.

Overall the great acting is what carries the rather slight story, and it is worth watching for Bening's performance alone (both she and Moore are completely believable as a lesbian couple, for what it's worth). While I do not think it is Best Picture material, it is an enjoyable and occasionally moving portrayal of an almost-typical American family.
61 of 73 people found the following review helpful
A good slice of life film - and topical. Aug. 7 2010
By I. Sondel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The Kids Are All Right is a thoroughly entertaining slice-of-life domestic drama about two kids who look up their sperm-donor father, causing cataclysmic changes in the family dynamic. Not a unique premise save that the parents of the kids happen to be lesbians.

The entire cause célèbre for this film is to show straight America how "normal" gay families are and that they shouldn't be afraid of "gay marriage" or "gay parenting," thus it doesn't delve too deep or wander too far off topic. Political film making is a tricky business. You'll remember the Tom Hanks drama Philadelphia was maligned by the LGBT activist fringe for all the issues it didn't address; to which my answer has always been: it's a two hour film, if you add too many spicy issues you're left with an unpalatable polemic.

The script and direction by Lisa Cholodenko (High Art) are tight, well focused and only occasionally heavy-handed. Her characters are fresh, while being stereotypically familiar to pre-conditioned movie-goers. These are folks we know, people we work with and/or live in our neighborhood: "normal" people. Is it perfect? No; there an almost fatally flawed plot contrivance that seems only there to provide the filmmaker an all too easy source of conflict.

What elevates the film above the run-of-mill movie-of-the-week domestic drama is the acting. Annette Benning is staggeringly good as the head of her household - the alpha female in this case. Her performance is embarrassingly rich; she presents a myriad of conflicting emotions, each one immediately recognizable, true and never over played. Julianne Moore turns in a lovely portrait of the less-successful, less self-assured partner. Mark Ruffalo is a revelation as a forty-something man finally approaching adulthood; a free-spirit, still capable of making disastrously foolish decisions in his pursuit to find personal fulfillment. Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson are always on target as the kids, conveying the perfect blend of angst and innocence.

Just as they did with Juno and Little Miss Sunshine, the film community is falling all over themselves hyping this. Like those films, The Kids Are All Right is an entertaining, socially relevant effort and deserving of quantified praise; but don't be mislead, it's not Citizen Kane.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I Liked Overall, But Had A Problem With A Few Things In The Story... April 9 2011
By HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!! - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this movie to be very well-acted and well-directed.
The sexual scenes didn't bother me not one bit, like some of the other reviewers.
I mean, COME ON!!---This is life in the 21st Century!--Grow up already!
People get naked and they interact, okay?---Thank goodness that computers and gadgets
haven't spoiled that for us (yet!), as it has with basic conversational skills and other forms
of by-gone or slowly dying human interaction.

I actually know both a lesbian couple, as well as a gay male couple who
are living similar circumstances as in the premise of this movie.
I found it very modern, refreshing, and mature in it's approach to the subject matter.
I have long been a fan of Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore and Annette Benning's work,
and I also thought "the kids" themselves did an excellent job at portraying their roles.
My problem was in that I felt like the Mark Ruffalo character kind of had his once happy
and balanced, (for him), life just upheaved and torn apart when he gets contacted by these "kids",
who of course, have every right to know who their father / donor was, and also what his background is.
Ruffalo's character had a great attitude (I thought) about the whole thing...
He was naturally pensive and cautious at first, though not in a malicious way, but soon warmed to the
idea that he had these "kids" in his life now, and was more than open to getting to know them, and allow
them to get to know him. I felt that Annette Benning's character, who felt threatened, in addition to just
being an anal-retentive, controlling witch with a capital B, was very mean and cold towards Ruffalo's character.
Julianne Moore's character was a bit of a messy, confused, psychological user.

Moore's character is that kind of person who is filled with inner turmoil or frustration, but makes it everybody
else's problem around her. I hated how she treated the latino gardener too, just because she felt guilty
about all of the drama and calamity that she was causing in her affair with Ruffalo's character!
I always say: "Don't jump in the river, if you're not a strong swimmer, babe!" (-:

Ruffalo's character was the perfect outlet for her pent up sexual confusion / tension,
and the two (again) enter into a very complicated and torrid affair, which of course, could
only end in heartache for all concerned. As soon as Moore's character quenches her sexual thirst/curiosity,
she just basically returns back to her life relationship Benning's character and the "kids",
after she and Ruffalo's character are found out, and they all seem to throw Ruffalo's character under the bus...
As if to say, "Okay babe, we've all uprooted you from your life, and now we're done with ya!--So ummmm---kay, bye!"

This kind of left a bad taste in my mouth, as Ruffalo's character is literally left
on the outside looking in, as Benning & Moore & the kids reunion-reconnection happens without him.
He is locked out of their lives...Lives that he really never knew exsisted in the first place,
until they invaded his, satiated their curiosity, and sent him packing.
Not cool, I felt. )-:
Not saying that Ruffalo's character was a saint or anything, but the man had his own business
and his own life...as unorthodox as it was...but then again, wasn't Benning, Moore and the kids' lives
just as unorthodox? I guess I just wished that a balance could've been reached between all parties,
and it could've ended on that note, instead of Ruffalo's character, who btw, he played with a great spirit
& optimism, being dejected and disregarded. Just my humble opinion of course. (-:
I still enjoyed this movie though, despite its (what I considered to be) plot flaws. **4 Stars**
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
And what exactly was the point of this movie? Feb. 26 2011
By J. Walters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
It seems to me the moral of the story is, if you're a lesbian couple then don't invite your sperm donor into your lives otherwise he'll make one of you temporarily "switch teams" so he can have a brief affair and antagonize your relationship with the children? I didn't really have any expectations for the movie and I barely knew what it was about going in. It's too bad because the acting was pretty good all around and the plot was intriguing and kept my attention. The resolution of the characters and their conflicts however is where the movie just fails for me. I get the filmmakers don't want to be predictable but the end of the movie had me not liking this family very much at all. Maybe that was the point, I don't know. Why build up a flawed but likeable character in Mark Ruffalo throughout the movie only to have the family members basically relieve themselves in his face when he doesn't deserve it and then just go on with their lives like nothing happened? I suppose the Paul character goes from being content with his free spirit life to wanting to settle down with a family. The other characters hardly go anywhere. By the end of the movie Nic is still the same self-centered insecure mother she was before. Jules is still indecisive and overly dependent on people for attention. Laser does dump his jerk of a friend but doesn't do much else the rest of the movie. Joni kisses her friend who apparently shares the same feelings but then that's it. She just goes off to college. The movie wasn't terrible but certainly not deserving of the Oscar attention it has gotten.
27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Acting yes, story no. Jan. 16 2011
By Derek D. Bergey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
In terms of acting, it's a great film. Each character is fleshed out to the point where they seem like real people. The problem with slice of life pictures like this, is they often don't offer a reason to watch. It's so much like life that is boring. Nothing ever happens. I don't mean that there needs to be explosions, or car chases or death. But beyond a few arguments, there is nothing here to make someone feel like the story should have ever been told, if there were a story at all.
Conflict sure.
Climax... sorta....
Resolution... not really.

Just, a few bickers, a flighty affair, and then, nothing.
Nothing is changed, solved or resolved.

Again, actors are great, the story is not.

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