Lisa Cholodenko’s sharp, witty and thought-provoking comedy drama The Kids Are All Right gives a very modern twist to a stock situation – the sexy outsider who gets involved in the lives of a long-term married couple.
The twist is that this time the partners are two women, Annette Bening’s doctor Nic and Julianne Moore’s landscape gardener Jules, and the interloper is the anonymous sperm donor who fathered their now-teenage children two decades earlier.
Mark Ruffalo’s laid-back restaurant owner Paul is soon bonding with the kids (Mia Wasikowska and (Josh Hutcherson), but as he becomes more closely involved in the family’s lives he begins to expose some previously unexamined fault lines in the couple’s relationship.
Refreshingly, co-writer and director Cholodenko doesn’t make lesbian parenting a big issue in the film. She’s far more interested in exploring how a couple manages to sustain a long-term relationship through the stresses and strains of modern life – something she does with humour, insight and compassion.
Released on DVD & Blu-ray on 21st March.