The Kids Are All Right

Film, 2010

The Kids Are All Right might stumble more frequently than it walks, but it’s moments of composure are worth overlooking it’s many faults. What it lacks are storytelling abilities. The direction and color are flat, and the same wispy guitar lick is cued so many times in a row in order to remind us that what we’re seeing is poignant that it becomes an unintended source of humor. It has a bit of a fairy tale quality to it, a result of the fact that everyone is rich, white and reasonably well adjusted, and the plot takes an “Oh God, please don’t go there” turn, the plot twist that any Hollywood hack would come up with when given this basic plot, but the film redeems itself with a knack for constructing realistic characters and bouncing them off of each other in a way that feels genuine. It derives it’s humor and it’s drama from this, the complications that slowly creep into a long term relationship of any sort. It’s a complicated and delicate picture to paint, but in this respect the movie effortlessly excels. It also doesn’t hurt that two of it’s lead actors are such a pleasure to watch; Julianne Moore, who always makes everyone else look like they’re not even fucking trying, and Mark Ruffalo, who excels at being Mark Ruffalo. 3.5

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