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THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
USA: Focus Features
UK: Universal Pictures International UK
Cast: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Yaya DaCosta, Kunal Sharma, Eddie Hassell, Zosia Mamet, Joaquin Garrido, Rebecca Lawrence, Lisa Eisner, Eric Eisner, Sasha Spielberg, James MacDonald, Margo Victor
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
USA & UK: 106 mins
USA Rated: R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some teen drug and alcohol use
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong sex, hard drug use and language
USA Release Date: 30 July 2010
USA Release Date: 9 July 2010 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 29 October 2010
Itâ€™s all about family.
The movie combines comedic surprise with poignant emotional truth in a funny, vibrant, and richly drawn portrait of a modern family.
Nic and Jules (three-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening and four-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore) are married and share a cozy suburban Southern California home with their teenage children, Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson). Nic and Jules â€" or, when referred to jointly by Joni, â€śMomsâ€ť â€" gave birth to and raised their children, and built a family life for the four of them. As Joni prepares to leave for college, 15 year-old Laser presses her for a big favour. He wants Joni, now 18, to help him find their biological father; the two teenagers were conceived by artificial insemination.
Against her better judgment, Joni honours her brotherâ€™s request and manages to make contact with â€śbio-dadâ€ť Paul (Mark Ruffalo), an easygoing restaurateur. The kids find themselves drawn to the confirmed bachelorâ€™s footloose style â€" especially in contrast to Nic, a principled doctor who has long established their house rules. Jules, who has been looking to start a new career in landscaping, also strikes up a rapport with Paul. As Paul comes into the lives of the forthright four, an unexpected new chapter begins for them as family ties are defined, re-defined, and then re-re-defined.
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT is directed by Lisa Cholodenko (HIGH ART, LAUREL CANYON) from an original screenplay that she wrote with Stuart Blumberg (KEEPING THE FAITH).
Winner of the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.