Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Kids Are All Right (2010) (2nd time)

Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their birth father into their family life. [imdb]

Nominated for 4 Oscars:

Best Picture
Best Actress: Annette Bening
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Ruffalo
Best Original Screenplay

The film definitely felt a bit better the second time around: it's because looking at it again made me appreciate the performances more. Of course, Annette is fabulous, Julianne delivers a good performance, but Mia Wasikowka's acting seemed much better & more touching to me upon a second viewing. Don't start me on Ruffalo, though, I don't understand the buzz around his performance.
The screenplay is quite good, with good dialogue and a nice story. While the direction is mostly subtle, you can notice small elements that make it special and the editing of the film is dead on. Had we had 5 BP nominees, it wouldn't have made it: but I'm glad it did, it'a a small, special movie - and it might just hold Annette's all time best.
My rating for the film: 8/10. It has a good pace, it's never boring.


  1. This was a great film and I can't wait to watch it again.

  2. I also thought the film was great.

    Annette was great, Julianne was better, Ruffalo was cool, Hutcherson was subtle, and Wasikowska was good.

    I also can't explain my love for this film. I believe I don't love it the same way as I love Inception or TSN, but it's a special movie for me. It's a small, but undeniably remarkable indie film.

    Maybe 8.5 for me, but your grade is satisfying.

  3. I really didn't like this on 2nd viewing. I'll explain why when I do 2010.