The Kids Are All Right: Review

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play Nic and Jules, a married couple with teenage children, in The Kids Are All Right. This comfortable Southern California family has got problems like any other: Bening's Nic, a driven, sharp-edged doctor, relies a bit too much on red wine to soften up; Moore's Jules is prone to insecurity and can't get a career in gear. (Her newest venture is landscape gardening.) Their daughter, Joni (Alice in Wonderland's radiant Mia Wasikowska), an A student about to leave the nest for college, feels the strain of high expectations. Their 15-year-old son, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), doesn't even realize how much he's been missing a fatherly presence until, after hiding the quest from their moms, the siblings track down their biological donor dad, Paul (Mark Ruffalo), a loose and groovy bachelor restaurateur. (Ruffalo looks sexy as hell harvesting organic veggies for the restaurant's locavore menu.) With the addition of Paul's footloose, hetero masculine energy - he might as well stitch the motto It's all good! on his motorcycle jacket - the clan is in for some bumps ahead.

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