Julianne More and Annette Bening star
as a lesbian couple struggling to keep their family together in the
Kids Are Alright. The film opens in select cities Friday.
Kids got a buzzy premiere in
January at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Focus
Features, and went on to win the Teddy
Bear at the 60th
Berlin International Film Festival.
Speaking to Mali
Efman at Screencrave.com, writer-director Lisa Cholodenko said
she hopes the film will present gay parents as nothing unusual.
“We were pretty careful to present
the two mom family concept in a way that was just completely
acceptable, average and familiar,” Cholodenko said.
“There are these families in every
city across the land. It is not so rarefied, it's not so special,
and at the end of the day everyone has the same issues and problems.
Marriages endure the same ups and downs and kids have to break away
from their families and their parents, you know, go off to college.”
In Kids, the family dynamics of
long-term lesbian couple Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne
Moore) is altered in unexpected ways when their teenage children seek
out Paul (played by 42-year-old Mark Ruffalo), their biological
father, whose anonymously donated sperm impregnated the women.