The Kids Are All Right (2010)

The Kids Are All Right (2010) — Overall I liked it (in case you haven’t figured it out by now, I like most movies) but I did have a weird feeling of discontent at the same time. All the acting and character development is good (especially Mark Ruffalo’s) but a few story issues have left me… I don’t know, wanting more. I probably should have written this on the day I actually saw it because now (two days later) I’m having some difficulty articulating what my problem was. In life people do things that don’t make sense. Yet an awful lot of times when someone in a movie does people point out that “hey, that doesn’t make sense.” Really that makes it more realistic, as opposed to less. This movie is about people at a sort of revelatory crossroads in their life and some of the things they do are stupid. It kind of makes sense with everything that’s going on but at the same time it almost feeling like some mechanism for getting from plot point A to plot point B, you know? Maybe there is a better way to put it. Anyway, again, all the acting is great.  Annette Benning and Julianne Moore make a convincing enough middle aged married couple (though I suppose the legal status of that marriage depends where it took place, I can’t recall the setting). Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson are good as kids caught in what has to be a weird fucking situation. Ruffalo is great as a guy who was doing all right until something came along and changed the way he looked at life (for better or worse is somewhat ambiguous). Most of the humor is organic, except for a couple cheap jokes involving gay porn. My ambiguous reservations notwithstanding, the movie is pretty decent.

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