The Kids Are All Right

2010 Comedy

The son of a same-sex couple seeks out the sperm donor who made his birth possible in this comedy from writer/director Lisa Cholodenko. The committed parents of two teenage children, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), are about to send their daughter, Joni (Mia Wasikowska), off to college when her younger brother, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), asks for her help in tracking down his biological father. Reluctantly inquiring with the sperm bank, Joni leaves her number so the office can pass it along to Laser's father. Enthusiastic at the thought of meeting his long lost offspring, Paul (Mark Ruffalo) musters the courage to reach out, and the family tree grows a new branch.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko

Starring: Julianne Moore, Annette Bening,Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson


  • Witty, urbane and thoroughly entertaining.

    Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times

    27 April 2013

  • 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.

    Mick LaSalle - The San Francisco Chronicle

    27 April 2013

  • A thrillingly funny and casually profound film.

    Joe Morgenstern - The Wall Street Journal

    27 April 2013

  • This warm, funny, sexy, smart movie erases the boundaries between specialized ''gay content'' and universal ''family content'' with such sneaky authority.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly

    27 April 2013

  • Movies like The Kids Are All Right -- beautifully written, impeccably played, funny and randy and true -- don't come along very often.

    Ty Burr - The Boston Globe

    27 April 2013


  • Movie of the Year

    AFI Awards (2011)

  • Best Motion Picture of the Year

    Academy Awards (2011)

  • Best Foreign Film

    Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina (2010)

  • Best Edited Feature Film - Comedy or Musical

    American Cinema Editors (2011)

  • Best Leading Actress

    BAFTA Awards (2011)