Monday, January 31, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: The Kids are All Right

The Kids are All Right
Number of Nominations: 4
Categories: Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Best Actress (Annette Bening), Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay
Availability in US: DVD, Blu-ray
Trailer: Click for Trailer
One of the most talked about films of the year, The Kids are All Right tells the story of a lesbian couple (Bening and Julianne Moore) whose two children decide to seek out their sperm-donor dad (Ruffalo). The entire cast gives excellent performances, and the two nominated performers are no exception. Bening's character isn't particularly likable all the time, but you can tell she is trying to do what's best for her children. Overall the film is engaging, entertaining, and charming. The nominated screenplay is spot-on most of the time, though a few bits of the film come off more awkwardly than they may have been intended. Additionally there are some bits that seem completely unnecessary, for example the son whose teenage rebellions are never discovered or explained and which never amount to anything significant. Still, where it is important the script (and the film overall) gets it right, and that's why Academy Awards voters placed the film in this category to begin with.

Unfortunately for all involved, at the moment The Kids are All Right doesn't look to be a favorite in any category (though this could change). Its best shot is probably in the screenplay category as comedies (which this mostly is) rarely win acting or Best Picture Oscars.
Grade: B+

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