The Kids Are All Right

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Mature, witty family dramedy explores love, parenthood.

R 2010 104 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 18+

Has its moments, but I wouldn't put it on a "need to watch" list

NOTE: This review contains a plot spoiler. I may be sheltered, but to my recollection, this is the first movie I have watched with a lesbian couple. I think the movie does a pretty good job of showing the ups and downs of a relationship (between the married lesbian couple), but the way it portrays sex between Moore's and Ruffalo's characters is frankly gratuitous ("uncalled for"). In addition, the fact that the lesbian couple watches a video of gay men having sex to get aroused was odd to me. I disagree slightly with the Common Sense Media reviewer that there wasn't a villain, as Ruffalo's character really crosses boundaries when he initiates a kiss and then sex with Moore's character. He isn't a true villain, however, as he does have endearing qualities. My brother and I felt that the ending could have been done better, as it left certain matters quite unfinished.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 16+

Lesbian dramedy is a little underwhelming

After the enormous Oscar hype about this little indie that could, a couple of Golden Globe wins, and four years later, I eagerly pressed play to watch "The Kids Are All Right." I especially had an interest in the film after learning about the topic of artificial insemination, in which I was conceived! I have to say, the only edge this movie really has is the sex scenes and the fact that it's a lesbian couple...but the latter doesn't really matter, at some point you're just kind of watching a family drama unfold, the fact that it involves gay parents is irrelevant. And sadly, though I did enjoy seeing Ruffalo being a kind of hippy dippy donor-dad, the story wasn't all too compelling. Amid the sex and language though, there are great messages about what it means to be a family despite circumstance, and it has its funny and tender moments.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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