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by PopMatters Staff
by Andrew O'Hehir
Salon (29 January 2010)

“One of the biggest successes at Sundance this year—which has produced the only old-school studio bidding war of the festival—is Lisa Cholodenko’s film “The Kids Are All Right,” now known around the world as the “lesbian marriage movie” starring Julianne Moore and Annette Bening. A beautifully constructed comedy with five strong characters and a rapier wit, it has delighted audiences here and has been snapped up by Focus Features, the quasi-indie division of Universal Pictures.


For such a supremely enjoyable film, “The Kids Are All Right” is likely to push many people’s buttons in various different ways. Not only is it a film about a family anchored by a lesbian marriage, but one of the partners (Moore) strays by sleeping with a man (Mark Ruffalo), who just happens to be the donor whose sperm helped produce the couple’s two children. As Cholodenko says, this is a pro-family film that treats the issue of infidelity very seriously—Focus on the Family would probably love it, if it weren’t for that one nettlesome detail about the particular family in this story.”


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