Movie of the Week: The Kids Are All Right

The best comedy of summer so far.

The script was sharp (co-written by director Lisa Cholodenko).  The acting was top-notch. Mark Ruffalo continues to assuage my fears about being the third Bruce Banner/Hulk. I was already a huge Mia Wasikowska fan from the first season of HBO’s In Treatment and can now forgive her for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. The relationship between Annette Benning and Julianne Moore was the best part of the movie but I did have a problem with [SPOILER BEGINS] the affair between Moore and Ruffalo. You can see that there are cracks in the relationship between Benning and Moore but I felt the affair just started out of nowhere.  Until the affair begins, you don’t really see any real physical connection between them [SPOILER ENDS]. But it’s a small quibble and I got over it pretty quickly.

Also, I’m pissed about what happened to Luis the gardener (Joaquín Garrido).

I guess the best thing I can say about this movie is, after the movie ended, I wanted to know what the future held for all the characters.

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2 thoughts on “Movie of the Week: The Kids Are All Right

  1. I did feel sorry for Luis the gardener. She let her paranoia and guilt get carried away and poor Luis suffered as a result.
    When the movie was over, my friend and I talked a lot about what would happen to Paul. I think he needed this to realize that he does want to have a family/kids and his womanizing ways are not as fulfilling as he thought.

  2. hi Sean,
    I’m a fan of the blog!
    So I felt the same way about the movie and I also left feeling the same way about the ending. I felt some closure for the characters, especially after Joni threw the hat in the car.
    About Luis, well, he didn’t deserve it!

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