Nic (Annette Bening) is a physician and a fairly controlling woman who lives in Los Angeles and is married to her bisexual lover, Jules (Julianne Moore). The latter has left her nine-to-five life behind in order to become a stay-at-home mother, as the two women are parents together. Nic works as an obstetrician and the couple managed to give birth to a young boy, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), and a girl named Joni (Mia Wasikowska). Now that the latter has turned into an adult and Laser is fifteen years old, Jules is considering a change in her lifestyle. She would like to start her own landscape design business.
The relationship of the two women is jeopardized when Paul (Mark Ruffalo), the sperm donor who helped give birth to their children, becomes a part of their lives. He is initially contacted by Laser, who wants to know more about him and his personality. Eventually, Jules and Nic find out about the boy’s endeavors and invite Paul over for dinner. The man also offers Jules a design opportunity – to revamp his back garden. However, what soon becomes apparent is that the woman is attracted to Paul, and the two begin a secret love affair.
“The Kids Are All Right remains consistently low-key and true to itself throughout the circumstances it investigates and the emotions that arise from them. It’s proof that not all American filmmakers have lost the capacity for making honest character-based dramas.”
Did You Know?
The film’s title is a reference to the popular song ”The Kids Are Alright” by The Who. The director describes the motion picture as a window into her personal life, as the script is based on her long-term relationship with Wendy, a woman with whom she had a son through a sperm donor. “I wanted to make a film that was not sentimental, sanctimonious or apologetic”, says Cholodenko. The entire project was shot in only twenty-three days in order to be finished in time for the Sundance Film Festival. Review our Gay Themed Films Here