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Monday, July 26, 2010

Movie Review: The Kids Are All Right

In this case, the kids are more than just alright. Lisa Cholodenko’s heartfelt comedy about an affluent lesbian couple and their two teens’ budding relationship with the sperm donor is simply a joy.  A lovely awkward realism permeates The Kids Are All Right and its subtle comedy is subtext-filled through amazing performances in a story that both transcends and embraces the cliché of the “unconventional family” (whatever that means).

The Kids Are All Right opens with a Vampire Weekend song and two boys sniffing crushed up Sudafed, a surprising introduction to what on the surface appears to be just a nice little movie about a family with two moms. Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) have a beautiful house, two beautiful children and two very different approaches to life.  Nic, a successful doctor, enjoys micro-managing her children and drinking wine when on call.  Jules is a laid back Earth mother of the pair, directionless in the career department.  Despite a lackluster sex-life and their grossly over-educated exchanges when arguing, Nick and Jules have a tidy little family, until the kids contact Paul (Mark Ruffalo), the man who randomly made it all possible.

Quick Bite: Salt

 Luckily for Salt, humans can't recognize people once they dye their hair a different color.

If the Bourne movies are the haute cuisine of action pictures, then Salt is Kraft mac and cheese. And don’t get me wrong, I like mac and cheese from a box from time to time.  What I don’t like is when action movies break the agreement I have with them goes like this, “You move quickly and give me a character that I can clearly get behind and I’ll believe you can blow up a car with a single shot from a handgun.”  A few catch phrases and witty retorts in the face of danger would be nice too.  Maybe even a sidekick - a minority teen perhaps?