2010 Greggys: “The Kids Are All Right” named Movie of the Year
By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Well, you didn’t think it was going to be ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ did you?
That movie, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor had its moments but overall, I didn’t love it. But kudos to Carrey for giving 100 percent to his performance. I just didn’t buy him and McGregor together for a single second and matters were not helped by the director’s decision to zoom out and dim the lights every time these two kissed.
Before I write about the superb ‘The Kids Are All Right,’ let me say that there were many excellent LGBT films this year with ‘Undertow,’ ‘A Marine Story’ and ‘Bear City’ being among my favorites.
‘The Kids Are All Right,’ directed and co-written by Lisa Cholodenko, was simply terrific from the first frame to the last.
So smart, so funny, so sexy.
Annette Bening is being touted as the front-runner for the best actress Oscar and it would be awfully nice to see her win at last.
She is in top form here as a busy doctor (and a wine drinking alcoholic) married to Julianne Moore and raising their two teenage kids (kids fathered by same sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo) with each woman giving birth to a child.)
Moore is also excellent as the more free-spirited half of the couple and Ruffalo gives, I think, the best performance of his career as the sperm donor father brought into their lives by the kids.
When the family’s happiness is threatened by his presence and his actions, Bening is just superb as a control freak fighting to restore order her household.
The film is so well written and it is just filled with humor to balance the more dramatic moments. It has a real sophistication and ease. I’m still haunted by a look on her face at the dinner table after she discovers she has been betrayed by Moore.
Rounding out this fine Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated cast as the teenage children are Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson.
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