Between the two them, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore have seven Oscar nominations, and they are the stars in the critically acclaimed “The Kids Are All Right,” the feature this weekend at the Towngate Cinema. Bening and Moore play Nic and Jules, two women who have been living together for a long time. Both of them have a biological child by the same sperm donor. Joni (Mia Wasikowska) is Nic’s daughter, and Laser (Josh Hutcherson) is Jules’ son. Laser, who is 15, convinces Joni (18) to help find their biological father (Mark Ruffalo), and when they manage to do so, he has a profound effect on the family dynamics that Nic and Jules have built throughout the years.
Showtimes for “The Kids Are All Right” are Friday, Oct. 22, at 7 and 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, at 4, 7, and 9 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 24, at 2 and 4 p.m. The film is rated R for nudity, sexual content, language, and drug use by teens. The running time is 106 minutes. The following critical comments are compliments of Metacritic.com.
San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle Like her (Cholodenko) other movies, this one has vivid characters and strong performances and flows like a slice of life set in an appealing, interesting world. But this one also has a good story and, if you’re paying attention, a distinct point of view.
New York Daily News Elizabeth Weitzman Every scene has its highlights, from amusing observations about sex to poignant truths about parenting and partnerships. But what you’ll remember most is the exquisitely lovely final scene, in which Cholodenko reminds us that all we need is a single moment of perfection -in a family, or even in a film – to believe that somehow, things will always be all right.
Slate Dana Stevens The movie we’ve been waiting for all year: a comedy that doesn’t take cheap shots, a drama that doesn’t manipulate, a movie of ideas that doesn’t preach. It’s a rich, layered, juicy film, with quiet revelations punctuated by big laughs.
The Onion A.V. Club Keith Phipps Cholodenko’s casually observant style perfectly matches the cast’s thoughtful work, though the film ultimately proves more successful at creating messy situations than trying to resolve them.