Quick Review – The Kids Are All Right (Screenplay) by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

There is a huge amount of buzz around this script, particularly now that it has been nominated for numerous prestigious awards.

The Kids Are All Right

I don’t get it. It was an interesting story I guess. I liked that it was about a lesbian couple and their children and nobody was making a big deal about it. It wasn’t a heavy-handed film about a family with two moms. It was just about a family.

I didn’t get the feel that it was a comedy at ALL. I had no idea that’s what it was supposed to be until I read the reviews of the actual movie. I found it kind of depressing. The story is about two kids with two moms who locate their sperm donor father. Then one of the moms proceeds to have an affair with the guy.

As in, an affair with a MAN.  If they had said something about her being bisexual at the beginning, then maybe I would have bought it. Instead, she insists throughout – especially to him – that’s she is gay so there is no future for them.

So what was the point of the affair? Why would you wreck a relationship (which would be a marriage were it legal) over an affair with someone you can’t possibly be attracted to? Why am I the only one who seems to be annoyed by this?

I don’t know. Maybe it’s an idie film thing. I am the first to admit that I have a tendency to not “get” indie films. As I’ve said before, I’m not a big fan of “fe-ulms”. I like movies. Tell me a good story with good characters and I’m good to go. I find that character-centered indie films tend to put me to sleep.

I felt better when I looked up the reviews on IMDB. The critics fell all over themselves about this movie, but when I read the reviews from “real” people like me, they essentially had the same WTF reaction to the movie as I did with the script.