The Kids Are All Right
Next on our Best Picture nominees is The Kids Are All Right. As described yesterday during our spotlight on nominee Annette Bening, this movie tells the tale of a married lesbian couple living in California. Together for 20 years, they each give birth to a child, both children have the same biological father. As the oldest child prepares to go off to college, her younger brother urges her to track down that father which she does. When this biological father, Paul, is brought into their lives, he becomes intertwined in the lives of the “moms” as well. Nic (Bening), is the stricter of the two mothers, driven and career oriented who becomes annoyed with the intrusion of Paul. Jules, the more carefree mother, has a landscaping business but doesn’t feel appreciated by Nic. When Paul shows an interest and hires her as a landscaper, they begin a relationship that threatens to tear the entire family apart. It’s a smartly made movie, driven more by the characters rather than an involved plotline, and heartwarming at the same time.