Despite a trailer that annoyed me, I’m pleased to report that The Kids Are All Right is alright! I quite enjoyed this dramedy of manners about a lesbian couple with two teens whose lives are turned upside down when the teens seek out the sperm donor with whom their ‘moms’ conceived.
In the script by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, the dialogue is finely observed. Cholodenko also directs, finding all kinds of funny and revealing character moments with the cast — Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasiskowska, Josh Hutcherson, Mark Ruffalo and Yaya DaCosta. (In fine form, all of them.)
There is one subplot about the son character, Lazer (Josh Hutcherson), and his friend Clay (Eddie Hassell), that rings a bit sitcommy; and when everything comes to a head at the end of the film, there are perhaps some missed opportunities for further drama. But I wouldn’t worry about it. The Kids Are All Right, like a teenager or middle-aged spouse acting out, more than earns your forgiveness.
PS. This movie is not to be confused with the documentary of the band The Who, The Kids Are Alright.