Monday, July 11, 2011

It's hard enough to open your heart in this world. Don't make it harder.

How do you feel about that slogan? Clever?
My wife and I just finished last year's The Kids Are All Right. This one was written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko and tells the story of a lesbian couple's relationship taking a beating at the hands of a groovy sperm-donor, whom their kids reach out to one day. Yes, re-read that sentence if you must, but that's the premise (I might've left something out). Why crank this one up of the 400 or so movies (and looking at what we've been watching recently) we own? Well, in our household, sometimes you just have to watch something quiet.

That said, this film is pretty solid. Maybe a tad slow (a little bit). But if you're down for a grown-up movie that is full of excellent performances, this will deliver. It was nominated for Best Picture (even though the damn field went to up to 10) and Best Actress, though I'm not sure about either being fully warranted.

Regardless, there are numerous moments that are extremely awkward (just about any with the son) and will certainly keep you glued to the unfolding drama. I guess the point is to show that families, no matter how constructed, go through the same shit. My wife and I could relate, despite not being wealthy-awesome-people. Seriously, Mark Ruffalo's character is like The Dude at times. But of course, once you start to envy anything about anybody here, the wheels fall off and you'll realize that even hooking up with hot-ass hostesses for circus-sex isn't where it's at. Yes, it's that type of movie. Even people with everything can still be miserable and do bad things. Love is all you need, folks.
And money. Money's cool.

1 comment:

  1. FYI: Josh Hutcherson is playing Peeta in the Hunger Games.