It’s hard to find a movie that truthfully resonates with reality in the theatres these days, as most Hollywood films feature storylines that are, apart from entertaining, not much else. However, The Kids Are All Right tells a funny and refreshing story which centres around the struggles faced as a family grows and the unconventional and often complicated relationships that they are comprised of.
Nic and Jules (played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) are a couple going through a transition period in their lives with their two children, Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson). With their teenage kids both going through big changes—Joni is getting ready for College and Laser is being poorly influenced by, I kid you not, a guy who finds it funny to pee on dogs—mixed in with relationship problems of their own, there is no shortage for drama and of course, comedy.
The starting point of the story is also what ultimately sets off the destruction of the family and takes place when Laser expresses an interest in meeting Paul (played by Mark Ruffalo), who made his and his sister’s lives possible by donating sperm. Soon after Paul is introduced, he becomes an integral part of the family. His actions help Joni and Laser grow up and make Nic and Jules truly realize the pains of their own relationship, creating the changes necessary for the family to understand their problems and redefine themselves.
Between Nic and Jules watching porn together, lots of sex, Paul’s organic co-op farm and his local restaurant, and Nic’s obsession with wine, there is no shortage to the funny situations that make this film hilarious.
Director and co-writer Lisa Cholodenko has made an entertaining film that also acts as a sincere reflection of the modern family and the growing pains that are inherent within them. One of the great accomplishments for this movie is found in the script; it’s filled with dialogue so honest and so well written that even a simple swear word carries enormous meaning that would take an entire conversation to portray in any other film.
Now, it should be said that among all of the great qualities of The Kids Are All Right, there are some problems with the structure that leaves a few questions unanswered, but overall the movie is both a comedic and touching take on the family-oriented theme, and all of the positives definitely outweigh the film’s downfalls.
Mark Ruffalo is set to pull double-duty on the upcoming drama “Sympathy for Delicious.”
The actor will make his feature directing debut with the movie, as well as co-star alongside James Franco and Chris Thornton.
The film, written by Thornton, follows a paralyzed and homeless DJ named “Delicious” Dean O’Dwyer who mysteriously acquires the ability to cure the sick, but not himself.
Thornton, a real-life paraplegic whose credits include “Pretty Persuasion” and guest spots on “Alias” and “My Name Is Earl,” will play the DJ.
Ruffalo will play a Jesuit priest who tries to help the suddenly famous healer come to terms with his limited powers, while Franco will play the frontman of a rock band who tries to exploit Delicious.
Production will begin this fall in Los Angeles.
Ruffalo most recently appeared in “Zodiac” and “Reservation Road,” and also stars in “Blindness,” which is set for a limited North American theatrical release in September.
Franco will soon hit the big screen in the comedy “Pineapple Express,” which opens this Friday.
The premise of “Rumor Has It . . .” is a great idea. The movie is not so great.
“Rumor Has It . . .,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Mark Ruffalo, Shirley MacLaine and Kevin Costner, is now on DVD.
You probably know the movie I’m talking about. After all, previews for it were played in theatres months before the movie finally came out. It’s a story of a young woman named Sarah (Aniston) who learns that her mother slept with a man weeks before marrying her father. Sarah has always been the black sheep of her family and starts to think maybe her father is really the man her mother slept with all those years ago ? Beau Borroughs (Costner), who also slept with her grandmother (MacLaine). Which makes Sarah realize that means her family was the basis for the book, and film of the same name, “The Graduate.” Sarah seeks out Beau to find out if he is her father and she ends up sleeping with him too.
The plot is great, but unfortunately Aniston plays a character too close to Rachel from “Friends.” On top of that, her acting isn’t too great in this film. The only person worth watching is MacLaine who cannot stand Costner’s character of Beau. Her insults and comedic timing are the only laughs you will have during the movie. Unfortunately, MacLaine is not in the movie near enough to make it worthwhile.
The only thing that would have made this DVD a little bit bearable would have been the extras. After all, isn’t that why we love DVDs? I know it’s why I love them. So as soon as I got my DVD copy, I flipped it over to see what extras I could watch to make it a little bit easier to watch this film again. Only there were none.
I’m not kidding ? none. No special features? What’s the point of putting a film on DVD then? The only “special features” would be to watch the film in French or Spanish – which I actually considered as it just might have made the film a little bit more interesting, but alas I decided to suffer through it in English again instead.
So if you’re thinking about “Rumor Has It . . .” just forget about it until it comes out on television.