DVD review – The kids are all right

2011-03-11 14:13

It may not be as self-indulgent as that other poser called Eat Pray Love, but The Kids Are Alright comes close.

DVD: The Kids Are Alright
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Featuring: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo
Rating: 6/10

And the fact that it was nominated for an Oscar begs the question: why?

Don’t get me wrong, this film is not bad. In fact, all you have to do is look at the cast to know that it’s got some quality.

I just struggle to describe it as anything other than nice.

The plot is heartwarming, the acting is good and the ending is okay.

Except for a flash of smoking-hot sex scenes, this drama is. . .?well, nice.

It is based on a true story about two lesbians who have been in a committed relationship for about two decades.

Their pigeon pair, a teenage daughter and a son, share the same sperm donor.

When the girl comes of age, the kids exercise their right to seek out their biological father, who turns out to be an organic food chomping, laid-back bohemian dude.

His presence in their lives becomes something of an unwelcome complication for the complacent moms.

These moms, who are partners, now find their perfectly ordinary, even dull, family challenged by the presence of this man.

The problem I had with the film is that it felt unfinished, as though it should be a television drama with 13 episodes instead of an hour-long feature film.

I enjoyed it, but it left me feeling unfulfilled.

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