Envelope Screening Series: 'The Kids Are All Right'
Ever since it first premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, “The Kids Are All Right” has been nothing so much as one of the year’s real conversation starters. At once a fun, kicky film that plays like a contemporary comedy of manners, “Kids” is also a more serious look at what constitutes the modern family, the connections that bind people together regardless of the configuration. The film tells the story of Nic and Jules (Annette Bening, Julianne Moore), a longtime couple in Los Angeles whose lives of quietly strained domesticity are thrown into total upheaval when their two teenage children secretly meet their sperm donor father (Mark Ruffalo). Complications of home and heart ensue.
Having gone on to be one of the unqualified indie hits of the summer, “The Kids Are All Right” is making a run at awards season. After a recent screening for The Envelope, director and co-writer Lisa Cholodenko, co-writer Stuart Blumberg and stars Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo sat down to talk about the film.