'The Kids Are All Right' -- 4 stars

R; 1:44 running time "All right" doesn't begin to describe it. "The Kids Are All Right" is wonderful. Here is a film that respects and enjoys all of its characters, the give-and-take and recklessness and wisdom of any functioning family unit, conventional or un-. The independently financed $5 million indie, picked up for distribution by Focus Features, is the easiest movie to love I've seen all year. "The Kids Are All Right" is set in the sunny hillsides of LA and was co-written by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg. Doctor Nic ( Annette Bening) and her longtime partner, Jules ( Julianne Moore), have two teenagers from the same sperm donor. Daughter Joni ( Mia Wasikowska), heading off to college, is leaving behind a younger brother ( Josh Hutcherson), who has grown curious about the identity of their father. Contact is made, behind the moms' backs, and in a charmingly awkward scene, Mark Ruffalo's restaurateur Paul — an easygoing SoCal satyr, open to any new experience — says he'd be willing to have some sort of relationship, or friendship, with these two. From there the narrative offers an equal number of satisfying inevitables and gratifying surprises. Read the full "The Kids Are All Right" review. —Michael Phillips
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