Before moving out to Washington DC, Paul and I would volunteer for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah every year. We were lucky enough to volunteer for 3 years in a row. The opportunity to see so many great movies and meet so many talented actors, producers, and musicians was inspiring. I really hope I can volunteer this January, because I missed the excitement of the 2010 Festival.
For those of you who have watched Sundance movies before, you may know that sometimes these movies can be a bit, dare I say, raunchy. I should have remembered this from my Sundance volunteering experience.
Paul’s mom was in town the past week and since my job of owning my own music studio affords me a very flexible schedule, I was able to play with her. So me thinking this would be a fun time took her to see the movie “The Kids Are All Right”, which had rave reviews and was considered the talk of Sundance 2010. So I was really excited to see it. Plus it has a stellar cast with Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska (Alice in the new Alice in Wonderland), and Josh Hutcherson. I really love Mark Ruffalo-I think he is smokin’ hot and talented, but mostly just fun to look at.
I personally really enjoyed the movie and I think my ma-in-law didn’t mind it, but I will say that this is not a movie to bring anyone to that you may feel uncomfortable watching very vivid sex scenes with. I kind of wish there had been a disclaimer, “Rated R due to lots of crazy sex scenes that may make you feel more embarrassed than ever if you bring your mother-in-law to the movie.” I think I kept trying to cover her eyes more out of my own shame then my worry that she would be offended.
I do recommend this movie though, just be prepared for some adult content. I found this movie painted the struggles of marriage very believable and it was nice to see a non-traditional family depicted, since the movie is about a lesbian couple.
Here is the synopsis from the Sundance 2010 website.
“A couple, Nic and Jules (Annette Benning and Julianne Moore), live with their teenage children, Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson), in a cozy craftsman bungalow in Los Angeles. As Joni prepares for college, her younger brother pesters her for a big favor—help him find their biological father. Against her better judgment, she makes a call to the sperm bank; the bank, in turn, calls Paul (Mark Ruffalo) and asks him if he’s willing to meet his daughter. He agrees, and a complicated new chapter begins for the family.”
Check out the trailer and then go see the movie if you want and tell me what you think.