The Kids Are All Right (Cholodenko, 2010) - **
|One big happy family.|
The Kids Are All Right, apparently this summer’s feel-good triumph, has a lot going for it – uniformly sterling performances from a uniformly sterling cast, working with a rich premise supported by writing strong on character establishment and rife with genuine, well-earned laughs. But the film, the talented Lisa Cholodenko’s first in over five years, uses its breezy comic ease to mask it’s unsure handling of the juicy-yet-thorny subject matter it never quite knows how to approach holistically. There’s a lot of stuff in orbit here, but in the end what needed a Big Crunch gets a long, slow heat death.
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