The Kids Are All Right (Cholodenko, 2010)

The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko, 2010)

Oscar bait to the max. This surface-level edgy movie is so full of life lessons and sit-and-ponder moments, I was beginning to wonder if I was watching the R-rated Hallmark channel. The screenplay is truly awful. And because the screenplay is so bad, I’m absolutely shocked at how good the performances are. All three adult leads nail their parts, with Mark Ruffalo coming out on top. Maybe it was that his was the best written character, but I felt he really played the ‘responsible while wanting to seem irresponsible’ guy well. There was also a sense that his character had no ability to read a situation and respond appropriately that I feel he added, which also helped make him the most interesting and fully fleshed of the batch. Overall, though, stylistically and in its approach, I’ve seen this a hundred times.  6.25/10

 

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