Two mums, one dad

The modern family is changing, no longer is mum, dad and 2.4 children required to form the perfect family. No matter the make up, the latest movie to hit the screen about alternative families is funny and touching.

In The kids are alright, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Juliette Moore) are tow women who have loved each other for over two decades and have raised a family during that time. Joni (Mia Wasikowska) turns eighteen and pressured by her younger brother, Laser (Josh Hutcherson) makes contact with her sperm-donor father, Paul (Mark Ruffalo).

The intrusion of an outsider to this well-adjusted family causes everyone to question who they are and what they believe. This blast from the past that neither mothers thought they would ever have to confront has the power to destruct or cement the relationships within this less than conventional group.

This is simply a funny and touching story about a family dealing with issues, it just so happens that this family has two mums. As humans seek medical intervention to help them conceive, such stories will become more common place in society.

I laughed at this movie because it is genuinely funny and reflective of what goes on in everyday families. Bening and Moore are fabulous on screen, neither of them afraid to look like real people and through this movie, prove that you can age naturally in Hollywood and still remain relevant.

A tale of a family dealing with the past.

Reviewed by Debbie McTaggart



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