Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

Number Rolled: 42
Movie Name/Year: The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Genre: Independent
Length: 106 minutes
Rating: R
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Writer: Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
Actors: Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Yaya Alafia, Kunal Sharma, Eddie Hassell, Zosia Mamet, Joaquin Garrido, Rebecca Lawrence Levy, Lisa Eisner, Eric Eisner, James MacDonald

Laser lives with his sister and two moms. After becoming curious about his sperm-donor father, Laser convinces his sister Joni to make the call to try and find out who he is. Joni is able to get in touch with him and, as they begin to get to know Paul, their lives are disrupted by the new addition.

I hear a lot of people label this a comedy. Not only is it one of the categories noted by Netflix, but the trailer insinuates, too. I don’t get it. I didn’t see any comedy in this movie. There may have been one or two chuckles in total, but certainly nothing worth being called a comedy. The subjects I saw in the movie, as well as the way they were expressed, just didn’t seem funny to me. To each his own, I guess.

The actors were really amazing. There’s this one close up of Mia Wasikowska where she’s doing this involuntary motion with the corner of her lips that could have only been accomplished if she’d actually gotten herself to choke up. It was one of those ‘wow’ moments that keeps me looking up an actor’s other work. I’ll be adding anything else she’s in to my list.

I’ll admit “The Kids Are Alright” is a good movie, great even. Unfortunately, it wasn’t really my cup of tea. I liked it, but I certainly didn’t love it the way the critics did.

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 3.5/5
Overall Opinion – 3/5

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