Disclaimer to my non-existent readers (still 0-0! Love it): I’m not trying to take up this review thing seriously – I just neeeed to write things out, sometimes. (often…) And I just need some tangible form of counter-argument to prove that I’m not over-obsessed with my own face and all other vanities (which is actually all that blogging is about? but nevermind!).

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The Kids Are All Right is a moving vignette of love, family, and growing up – which can happen when you’re 18 or 37 or 50.

I have to say that it was really the brilliant cast that brought fire and life to this movie. Annette Benning, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo all delivered wonderful, convincing performances that were never too loud or too restrained – just right. It was a delight to watch Mia Wasikowska (who was our 2010 Alice) and Josh Hutcherson play surprisingly normal, amiable siblings. It wasn’t hard to fall in love with their set-up in the first twenty minutes.

I loved the film because it didn’t make me feel like i needed to learn a lesson or witness an unusual circumstance – everything that happened throughout the film felt natural, and happened the way they are supposed to happen. Even when Nic found Jules’ hair in the bathroom drain and the world was kind of shut off around her for a while, I couldn’t help but hear a little voice in my subconscious say, “the kids are all right,” and I just knew that, yeah, in the end everything was gonna be all right.

After the credits, I did a little reading and I was amused to find out that the film’s writer, Lisa Cholodenko, gave birth during production, and that she had conceived by way of anonymous sperm donor. I guess that’s where all the heart and authenticity of this movie came from?

With genuine performances, funny, winning lines, and a gorgeous, sunny backdrop, The Kids Are All Right is a surprise that will keep your heart warm for days. 🙂

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