directed by Lisa Cholodenko
I judged this film right from the outset (despite so loving many of the actors and actresses in the film), having only watched the trailer with halfhearted disdain, but I’ll be damned if Lisa Cholodenko’s film, The Kid Are All Right, didn’t make a believer out of me. Cholodenko also co-wrote the film about the trials of the modern family with Stuart Blumberg, and she displays a true eye for all things minor and significant. It doesn’t hurt when such talent as Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo bring their A game to roles that could easily fall into a clichéd disaster of progressive BS. Ruffalo delivers a fantastic performance as sperm donor Paul, as well as facial expressions that are as priceless as some of Steve Coogan’s gems in Hamlet 2. And holy hell, Julianne and Annette: you two have always been exceptional actresses, some of the finest of your generation, but these performances rank among your best, most effortless work yet. The Kids Are All Right is a must see, and it is guaranteed to pleasantly surprise. No love for Julianne this season huh, Academy? You should be ashamed of yourselves. And you should also be ashamed of yourselves for not nominating Hailee Steinfeld in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category. Seriously, did you even see that film? But I digress, and I will always give credit where credit is due. I apologize for doubting your film, Lisa.
P.S. Never fear, fellow film geeks, for my annual critique of the good old Academy and their infinite genius will be happening very soon.