Enjoyed this movie. Casting of the mums really good and the kids, too. Have discussed the situation with friends - thought-provoking.
Great acting in a modern portrayal of unconventional families and the messiness of life - loved it!
I thought the acting was briliant, particularly Benning. However, the idea that a leisbian will suddenly decide she wants to be with a male seems entirely unlikely. Males were portrayed as though they thought every woman is fair game, despite thefact that he would be destroying his biological childrens family. Some parts seemed accurate but it does appear to be a lesibian movie with a lack of relevance to the truth
started it didnt finish watching it...... just sent it back
Acting was strong but the story was not. wouldn't see it again. unsatisfactory ending. agree with an earlier poster re the sex scenes (over the top). The back of the DVD sleeve said it was a sexy romantic comedy - so not true. more like...relationships under the microscope during a stressful period...not funny at all!
I thought this was a bit slow and very much a modern day to day ordinary life occurrance. Bit normal for a movie.
I gave this 5 stars, thought it was fab, all the actors were so strong and natural, it has plenty laughs and Mark Ruffalo is good enough to eat!
Wow, completely unexpected, fantastic cast and great story
Interesting portrayal of typical surbuban Family, although in this instance a same-sex rel...which is great to see. I enjoyed the banter and the complexity of confusion and rel's...worth a watch. Not brilliant,
make sure you don't watch this with your teenage kids. some very interesting and embrassing scences. good take on modern life.
As I was watching this I thought this is the performance of a lifetime for Julianne Moore, but then as the film progressed I thought this is the performance of a lifetime for Annette Benning. You dont want to miss a film with two such performances. This film is a great examination of the strain a lifetime of going against the grain can provide, and the shadow yearning for men that male privilege invokes. This is a thinking person's movie.
Interesting watching and some great acting but I found the plot a bit odd.
It was ok. Did find it a bit confronting.
I dont like the way the writers/director of this movie painted gay relationships, sperm donors and children seeking out biological parents. If you believe what is said in this movie then lesbian women will stray from a 20 year relationship to have rampant sex with a male just because their lesbian partner isnt paying them enough attention, turning 18 and meeting your biological father will be a gross disappointment because you wont recognise the good points you will only latch onto the fact that he isnt a perfect human being and the very best way to deal with all of this is to forget that you even have a father and try and pretend that things have gone back to the way they were before. I would hate to think what kind of doubts this would put in the minds of anyone contemplating seeking out their biological parent(s)...wrong wrong wrong!
Quite a different movie to what I normally watch. Only stuck with it because of the great acting by all. Benning and Moore are totally believable as a lesbian couple, especially Benning. Agree with other reviewers about the storyline.Younger actors Mia and Josh are absolutely ones to watch in the future. No wonder they're getting good roles now.
Controversial movie. I really only watched it to the end because mark is a great actor
Great performance by Annette Bening. Storyline a little unbelievable - the relationship between the Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore characters was a little far fetched - there didn't appear to be any chemistry between the two that would result in an alliance.
Didnt like the movie much. the general plot had the potential to be a great movie. Lesbians have 2 kids from the one spem doner and the kids want to find their dad... it just wasnt put together well. i personally dont think most of the sex scenes were neccissary obviously it is important for us to see that the relationships are sexual but the sex scene with the waitress and the nipple in the bath? also all the extras didnt really have much of an impact to the story.
This movie had a huge potential to deal with a really interesting, and currently relevant, issue - the rights, if any, of a sperm donor. Alas, it spent too much time being "cute" or portraying stereotypes, right down to the "female" half of the lesbian marriage being swept up in a wild sexual relationship with the motorbike riding, bearded sperm donor. That really is a bit of a male fantasy and let the movie down horribly, IMHO.
Simon Miraudo's review is fine as far as it goes but what about the elephant in the room? First of all they used the guy's sperm to get pregnant which is already questionable in my opinion for two women (or men), but then after one of them sleeps with him, he gets the blame and gets left with nothing. She gets off scott free, the kids don't see their biological dad again even though they were all getting along fine. And bottom line, he did nothing wrong. They did.
The only person with any sort of normality in this whole thing is Ruffalo and he's the one who gets done over - used and abused. Plus the writer and or director makes him out to be a real loser/dipstick (is that accidental or a shot at men???)
What about the 14-year old son? Loses his best friend, then just gets to know his Dad and starts playing ball with him, then the bossy Lesbian male figure Nic tells him to get lost and but out of her family. Aren't boys supposed to have male role models.
Great acting (esp Bening, Moore is just strange), great dialogue but the whole basis of the film and its message (that we are supposed to accept this as just a normal family) is for me totally questionabe and objectionable. I guess it's pretty indicative of where we are as a society though.
Very disappointed Just rubbish
This was one weird movie of the Modern lesbian family.
A lesbian couple with two children experience a crisis when the sperm donor father comes on the scene. An acting tour de force that manages to straddle drama and comedy nicely.
different type of movie, all parents should watch
Great movie! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Emotional acting at its best, depicting contemporary social issues with a amusing twist to it. Highly recommended!
Ok, story seemed rushed at the end
Great script, fantastic performances by A Benning, J Moore and the "kids".
Lesbians watch gay man porn and have affairs with men when they have a chance? Didn't quite buy it!
Ok viewing, nice storyline although could have done without a few of the cliched pieces.
An interesting and positive treatment of a previously taboo subject (at least in mainstream Hollywood movies), The Kids Are All Right shows a lesbian family thrown into turmoil by the appearance of their previously anonymous sperm donor into their lives. Great performances by all the actors, particularly from Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. It's not completely clear whether the script is oblivious of how vacuous the Californian middle classes can sound, or if the whole film is a deft parody, but altogether the performances are watchable and there's enough meat in the script to mull over the issues the film raises afterwards. Three and a half stars.
Very enjoyable movie. May not be everyone's cup of tea, but we loved it
Interesting subject matter but overall I thought it was quite depressing and felt sorry for the biological father in the end
Excellent film, the scenario is believable although idealistic as sometimes a gay couple can still not live in as much societal harmony as portrayed in this film. Great acting by Benning and Moore with what seemed like a real love between them. Great storyline, Ruffalo's character becomes annoying after a while, script could have lightened up on the "yeah man's" and "what are you into's?"
Acting was great, really like Mark Ruffalo. Story was a bit weak, wasnt a comedy but there were some funny parts
Enjoyable different quirky quite life like.
Brilliant, I really enjoyed this, was expecting it to be ok,but was better than I thought it would be.Great acting by everyone, plus some laughs.
Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo were very good in their parts - the rest of the film fails on all other levels
Not bad - a bit weird how a gay woman suddenly enjoys sex with a straight guy, but hey, what do I know... Enjoyed it all the same.
Great performances all round, but not a strong enough story. Also, I'm very
dubious of movies where lesbians aren't so lesbian any more when they meet
the right guy.
Very Hollywood and formulaic in its approach however it was also gritty and touched on some interesting concepts of family, relationships and expressions of love - good!
MMmmmmm, definitely not what I would describe as a comedy, definitely something deeper than I expected too. I didn't mind this movie, but certainly wouldn't describe it as great, and I wouldn't watch it twice. A bit... flat.....
Billed as a comedy but definetely not funny - more like soft porn. I was really looking forwad to it 'cause of the great actors and was very disappointed
Good movie, the intertesting topic of modern families and how simple decisions as adults can have complications later on. A must see for anyone thinking of having kids in non-traditional ways. Actors were brilliant!
Enjoyed watching,good down to earth family stuff.For me to sit down and watch all of it in this day and age was a wonder.
strange, dull, only managed to watch 2o minutes before we could stand it no longer
Very disappointing. Full of cliches.
A lot more serious than I expected. A little too deep to be labeled as a comedy. Great acting though.
Much deeper than expected and full of complex issues and thought provoking, but with a somewhat lightheated approach. Interesting view from a same sex couple perspective. Great acting all round. Some loose ends needed to be tidied up with the story. 3.5/5
First five minutes bit slow but evolved and learnt more about characters and was quite enjoyable.
Nice, witty, intelligent dialouge and an interesting premise. I loved the settings; those beautiful homes and California sun and laid back lifestyle. I did feel however that, plotwise, Mark Ruffalo's character gets short shrifted. I think he deserved better treatment by all concerned... I thought he was a lovely guy!
Wasn't what we were expecting, in a good way! Both my husband and I laughed and connected with the characters on a level that we weren't expecting to. Great film, very funny, 'feel good' but not everything goes 'right', very enjoyable.
Too much of the f word and graphic sex and nudity for my taste. Disappointed in the story line, was expecting better in view of the star lineup.
Really really great, lots of good laughs and actors are superb
This was a disappointment, there is just no chemistry between Annette Benning and Julianne Morre, Julianne Moore should stick to doing 1950's characters, thats what she is good at. Weak plot line.
Funny! Good to have a laugh with a unique script and some real characters, loved the female leads performances. A stand out compared to other recent comedies.
Drama, drama, drama and little bit of comedy but not much.
I didnt enjoy this as much as I thought I would. It was just okay.
Didn't really seem to have a storyline as such and I forced myself to watch it to the end, but definitely not a movie I'd recommend for entertainment purposes
Boring - wouldn't watch it twice
An eye-opening family drama/comedy with great character acting that is very enjoyable to watch. Each actor is excellent and you are drawn into the family dramas, that keep you watching with baited breath, wondering what is going to happen next. Don't watch if you are offended by lesbian relationships and/or sex scenes (it's not that graphic, just kissing and sex romps). I take my hat off to Ms Bening
Excellent, intelligent film with wonderful performances from a great cast. Entertaining,
As a lesbian couple we found we couldn't watch this movie to the end. It's portrayal of lesbian life is very depressing. Yes, the kids are alright but what about the parents?!!
This film didn't really have a story line to follow. It had many "lead characters" and the focus shifted throughout the film but not in a deliberate way. I thought it was interesting but failed to see the chemistry between the two mothers. I was left wanting the red head to end up with the biological father and lose the annoying blonde mother.
Should be R rated. Don't waste your time watching this trash.
The ability to look inside the life of an "alternative" family and see that it's no different to anyone elses is a positive. I loved the story, and I imagine that there is lot of truth in this tale.
The stand out star of this movie is Mia Wasikowska. Truly enjoyed her performance. Everyone else in the cast is excellent too.
it was o.k., we have expected more from it, but it has a very good cast, solid performances and interesting topic. It drags a bit in parts.
Good light entertainment. Annette Bening always good, and a justified contender for Best Actress for this movie.
This film was ok, and confronted real life issues for today's society. With the world and the family unit ever changing this movie shared experiences of a modern family. I would not rush out to get this movie again, however it was not a complete fizzer.
This was actually quite an intelligent film. I'd put off watching it, but Julienne Moore and Annette Bening were very strong and believable. Ruffulo was very good as the male who thought he'd converted a lesbian woman until his feelings grew more intense. A wise outcome as Bening fought justifiably for "my family". Good for her, and the kids were wonderful!
Stellar cast. Don't think it matters whether one is gay or not, this is a profound movie. Great acting.
we had a problem toward the end , Scenes 15
Watched the opening scenes and the distasteful discussions between the teenagers only to find ourselves watching lesbians carrying on while watching homosexuals in a movie! Terminated at this point! Very disappointed that Annette Bening had anything to do with this rubbish.
very funny and a real eye opener
Enjoyable. A different type of story line.
If you've bothered to hire this little gem then you're probably already in its target demographic. That is, not a moron. Wonderfully fleshed out characters.
It really is the acting in this film that lifts it above the mediocre. It's one of those films that grows on you as you watch. Really enjoyed Mark Ruffalo, who seems to pop up in so many films, and Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are excellent. By my favourite in this is the young Australian actress Mia Wasikowska, who is fabulous in this. Big future ahead for her I hope.
Very good film, albeit not as entertaining as I hoped it would be. Strong, nuanced performances by all.
it was a flat movie, says its a comedy did not laugh once not even smile!
it dragged on!
Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their birth father into their family life. Solid performances from Benning and Moore lift this movie another star. Newcomer aussie Mia Wasikowska is the one to watch. Her acting is effortless. Enjoyable movie
Realistic characters, good acting, funny and involving. I enjoyed 'The Kids Are Alright' and would recommend it.
What a fantastic movie! An interesting look at the dynamics of a modern family. All the actors are fantastic but Annette Bening gives the stand out performance. Well worth a look!
very well acted by all, shows how there would be alot of different issues in a same sex family, shows how the son and daughter who are from the one egg doner father are brought up very well in understanding the issues of their parents, and when the daughter finds her doner father, there is quite a funny turnaround
A step above many other comedy-dramas, yet parts of the story are annoying and disappointing. Some of the characters outside the family would have good cause to be unhappy with the script. It makes a happy ending much less so for the viewer. Nevertheless the movie stands out for its exceptionally good acting.