The Kids Are All Right

Being an adopted child, there is always the curiosity of who your real parents are. And what if you are born from artificial insemination? Well…in the case of two teenagers who are the children of lesbian mothers, Nic & Jules go seeking their birth father and they find him…and a whole lot of problems come with him.

Needless to say, this is a family drama and it has the typical family drama issues. What starts out as a promising storyline soon finds itself mired in average writing and overly dramatic situations. Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo all hold up their end as the 2 mothers and the paternal father and the 2 teens, played by Mia Wasikowski and Josh Hutcherson, are also pretty good in their roles. But the script lets it all down as it goes a little to out of it’s way to establish a ridiculous relationship between 2 of the characters and the teen angst that follows is more for real life drama than something I want to see on the big screen.

So what starts out as a promising concept, especially the “2 mothers, 2 teens” idea (which is pretty original) and with outstanding actors involved (Bening & Moore are an excellent choice for a lesbian couple and they are completely believable in their roles), this should have been a stronger final product. But as the drama continued and the believability gets a little strained, I found myself wanting it to wrap up and be done.

This movie is not a complete dud though and can be considered for a strong movie night with an open-minded loved one. I recommend it…but only as a “date night at home” situation.

Overall Rating: C


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