If you can handle the “non-traditional” family - in other words, if you aren’t stuck in the 1950s - this is a movie worth seeing.
I will be honest: I went into seeing this movie with more than a little trepidation. I had seen the previews and thought the movie might go in a direction that would feel like a copout.
The premise of the movie is this: the children of lesbian parents seek out their sperm donor father, Enter Mark Ruffalo, playing the boyishly cool sperm donor with an awesome job, a motorcycle and beautiful women falling at his feet.
The kids are enamored of him. Quite frankly, so was I. This is where I worried about the direction of the movie. What if Ruffalo became a necessary part of this family’s life? That seemed to have possibly dangerous implications in terms of arresting any progress in the direction of “normalizing” gay and lesbian families. The film was able to provide a convincing view of intact family life with two women as mothers, without a man, without seducing us into needing Ruffalo to be part of the family
Julianne Moore and Annette Bening portray the hassles of married life perfectly. The movie stays true to its title; Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson do a fair job playing the kids. Not great, but alright.
This movie is funny at times, heartfelt at others. It doesn’t rely too heavily on one kind of joke, and most of the characters develop further over the film’s 106 minutes.
Dig your shoes out of the closet and go see “The Kids are All Right.”