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The Kids Are All Right [Blu-ray] (2010)

Julianne Moore , Annette Bening , Lisa Cholodenko  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julianne Moore, Annette Bening
  • Directors: Lisa Cholodenko
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L20ICO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,316 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Kids Are All Right [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Journey to Forming a Family
  • The Making of The Kids Are All Right
  • The Writer's Process
  • Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Lisa Cholodenko
  • My Scenes
  • pocket-BLU App
  • BD-Live

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    Academy Award nominees Annette Bening and Julianne Moore star in this funny, smart and vibrant portrait of a modern American family. Nic (Bening) and Jules (Moore) are your average suburban couple raising their two teens, Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson), in Southern California. But when the kids secretly track down their “donor dad,” Paul (Mark Ruffalo), an unexpected new chapter begins for everyone as family ties are defined, re-defined and then re-re-defined. Fall in love with the big-hearted comedy that critics are calling “one of the best films of the year!” (Michael Phillips, At the Movies)

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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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    Yes, this movie is probably being at least a little overpraised by the critics. I suspect many of them consider it "brave" for a film to depict an ordinary American family, whose parents just happen to be lesbians. Let's face it, awards voters and critics love anything that deals with race, homosexuality, or any of the other hot-button social topics (witness the dreck known as "Crash" winning Best Picture a few years ago).

    None of which is meant to detract from The Kids are All Right, which is still quite an enjoyable small film. The acting especially is uniformly good. Annette Bening is sure to receive an Oscar nomination (well deserved), for her fantastic performance as Nic, the tightly-wound, more responsible half of the married couple formed by herself and Julianne Moore. Moore is also excellent playing Jules, a more aimless free-spirit type - their differences are a source of much of the comedy in the film. In all respects but their sexual orientation, they are a typical suburban married couple, with all the happiness and challenges that entails.

    Mark Ruffalo continues to be one of the most reliably good actors working today. He gives another standout performance as Paul, the biological father of Nic's daughter Joni and Jules' son Laser. As is often the case in his other films, Ruffalo's acting has such ease and charm that he makes his performance look deceptively easy. In lesser hands the character of Paul could have been the stereotypical charming bad-boy we've seen before in movies a million times. But Ruffalo gives him a warmth and humanity that makes the audience root for him (even when he screws up).

    My biggest complaint about the film was with a major plot twist involving Jules and Paul that seemed completely out of character to me.
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    61 of 73 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good slice of life film - and topical. August 7, 2010
    Format:DVD
    The Kids Are All Right is a thoroughly entertaining slice-of-life domestic drama about two kids who look up their sperm-donor father, causing cataclysmic changes in the family dynamic. Not a unique premise save that the parents of the kids happen to be lesbians.

    The entire cause célèbre for this film is to show straight America how "normal" gay families are and that they shouldn't be afraid of "gay marriage" or "gay parenting," thus it doesn't delve too deep or wander too far off topic. Political film making is a tricky business. You'll remember the Tom Hanks drama Philadelphia was maligned by the LGBT activist fringe for all the issues it didn't address; to which my answer has always been: it's a two hour film, if you add too many spicy issues you're left with an unpalatable polemic.

    The script and direction by Lisa Cholodenko (High Art) are tight, well focused and only occasionally heavy-handed. Her characters are fresh, while being stereotypically familiar to pre-conditioned movie-goers. These are folks we know, people we work with and/or live in our neighborhood: "normal" people. Is it perfect? No; there an almost fatally flawed plot contrivance that seems only there to provide the filmmaker an all too easy source of conflict.

    What elevates the film above the run-of-mill movie-of-the-week domestic drama is the acting. Annette Benning is staggeringly good as the head of her household - the alpha female in this case. Her performance is embarrassingly rich; she presents a myriad of conflicting emotions, each one immediately recognizable, true and never over played. Julianne Moore turns in a lovely portrait of the less-successful, less self-assured partner.
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    18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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    I found this movie to be very well-acted and well-directed.
    The sexual scenes didn't bother me not one bit, like some of the other reviewers.
    I mean, COME ON!!---This is life in the 21st Century!--Grow up already!
    People get naked and they interact, okay?---Thank goodness that computers and gadgets
    haven't spoiled that for us (yet!), as it has with basic conversational skills and other forms
    of by-gone or slowly dying human interaction.

    I actually know both a lesbian couple, as well as a gay male couple who
    are living similar circumstances as in the premise of this movie.
    I found it very modern, refreshing, and mature in it's approach to the subject matter.
    I have long been a fan of Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore and Annette Benning's work,
    and I also thought "the kids" themselves did an excellent job at portraying their roles.
    My problem was in that I felt like the Mark Ruffalo character kind of had his once happy
    and balanced, (for him), life just upheaved and torn apart when he gets contacted by these "kids",
    who of course, have every right to know who their father / donor was, and also what his background is.
    Ruffalo's character had a great attitude (I thought) about the whole thing...
    He was naturally pensive and cautious at first, though not in a malicious way, but soon warmed to the
    idea that he had these "kids" in his life now, and was more than open to getting to know them, and allow
    them to get to know him. I felt that Annette Benning's character, who felt threatened, in addition to just
    being an anal-retentive, controlling witch with a capital B, was very mean and cold towards Ruffalo's character.
    Julianne Moore's character was a bit of a messy, confused, psychological user.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't in very good shape, haven't watched it
    Wasn't in very good shape, haven't watched it. I'm assuming it plays fine but is scratched and case is broken.
    Published 4 hours ago by Jeff Larson
    3.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't suggest buying it
    I'm rating it as 'it's ok' but I'd never reccomend it, & i've only used the dvd twice. I'm thinking of selling it somewhere. It's not a terrible movie, it's just not good.
    Published 11 days ago by Mm
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Item came as promised
    Published 17 days ago by Luisito L. Tongson
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    O K
    Published 24 days ago by Michel E. Spichiger
    5.0 out of 5 stars great!
    time sensitive,great !
    Published 26 days ago by alexis p.mapes
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    great movie
    Published 1 month ago by Westie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie. I watch it over and over when ...
    Excellent movie. I watch it over and over when I'm in the mood.
    Published 2 months ago by J. Francis
    1.0 out of 5 stars The Adults are All Wrong
    **Review contains spoilers**

    I noticed many reviewers felt sorry for Paul in this movie, but I didn't. In the beginning, though, I did. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Elisabeth
    2.0 out of 5 stars No they're not and neither is this film.
    The kids may be all right, but these adults are a sorry mess. First, this is NOT a "gay movie" - this stuff happens just as often in dysfunctional hetero families. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Beth Bailey-Kingdon
    2.0 out of 5 stars Too much sex
    Didn't really know so much sex would be shown. I watched this alone on a day off. Wouldnt watch it again though.
    Published 4 months ago by Jan Leatherman
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