By: Kevin Kelly, reprinted from the Sundance Film Festival 2/4/10
No, The Kids Are All Right is not that documentary about The Who, as the name might have you thinking. That would be The Kids Are Alright from back in 1979. One look at the photo above will dispel any of those notions. Instead, this is a light drama that could have been called My Two Moms. Plus it left us with a much better impression of Mark Ruffalo than he'd left us with his Sundance directorial debut,Sympathy For Delicious. Here, he turns in a solid performance, along with some powerful acting from Julianne Moore and Annette Bening who shine as the two halves of a couple whose world is shaken when their kids meet their biological father.
Joni (Mia Wasikowska of the upcoming Alice in Wonderland) is 18 years old, and therefore old enough to find out who her biological sperm-donor father is. After continual pestering by her brother Laser (Josh Hutcherson from Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant) she makes the call, and the two of them are introduced to the cool and exciting Paul (Mark Ruffalo), whose sperm was used to impregnate both Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore). However, he's also the monkey wrench that gets tossed right into the middle of this family.