Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Kids Are All Right

I recently sat down with the cast and director of The Kids Are All Right and was able to interview them about their amazing film.

If you aren't familiar with this film, here's a mini plot: Two children of lesbian parents (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) who are conceived by artificial insemination and bring their birth father into their family life. One of the lesbians, Julianne Moore, has an affair with the biological father, Mark Ruffalo.

Many lesbians are refusing to see and support this movie, which I totally understand. I had no intention of seeing or liking this movie because of the affair. I was prepared to hate it and tell others to avoid it but I had to see this movie so I could interview the cast and director. And I'm so happy I did. In fact, I would even see it again. I thought about and talked about this movie weeks after I saw it because it was so great.

I loved, loved, loved this movie. Annette Bening's performance is a triumph.

The writing was wonderful and really captured the lesbian voice, and once again Annette Bening was glorious. You should all see the movie just to witness Bening's performance which I think will win her an Oscar.

I think this film shows lesbians in a terrific light and if I didn't, I wouldn't recommend it. I strongly suggest you watch this movie for yourself before you judge it -- you might be surprised by what you see and how you react to it.

Check out my video interview on Afterellen. In it ask director Lisa Cholodenko if her film about a lesbian family can make a difference in the current political climate, if Julianne Moore fears the wrath of lesbians and if Mark Ruffalo ever intends to leave our women alone.

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And apparently I scared Mark Ruffalo during our interview. Because in another interview for Popeater Ruffalo says he has come up against some bizarre territory marking and paranoia in the real world as a result of the movie.

"I was doing an interview with a woman on tv and afterward the woman said, 'By the way, I'm a lesbian, and you lay off our women.' " Ruffalo recalls.

"At first I thought she was kidding and then I realized she was really serious," he adds. "She totally meant it. I was like, 'Are you kidding?' "

Ruffalo worried "she was going to arm wrestle me or something." He didn't think he'd fare well either: "Not against that passion."

First of all I WAS kidding. Second of all I would win in an arm wrestle.


TheWeyrd1 said...

Snicker...someone should film that too...

Anonymous said...

It's totally obvious that you were kidding. I think he takes things a bit too seriously....And i would pay to see that arm wrestling match. :)

Laura said...

It was a a great interview. Lucky you.

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Phoenix Stone said...

Can't wait to see this film! And Ruffalo was clearly scared of you. Mission accomplished. You should arm wrestle your interviewees from now on. :)

Lainey said...

Looks like a really good movie! Great job on the interview!

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Tiburón said...

Julianne Moore is GORGEOUS!

fashuneesta said...

I'm not a lesbian, but I don't see why this was so controversial... I think sexuality is more grey than black and white for some, or maybe even all, people.

I don't think it is out of the question for someone to feel a strong bond with someone who provided children for them. Julianne Moore's character may have misunderstood feelings of affection, or felt a general attraction.

I do tire of the old Hollywood philosophy that lesbians are just bisexuals waiting for the right guy, though. I just think that, individually speaking, if the plot or dialogue addresses it, it can be believable for someone who identifies as gay to feel attraction to someone of the opposite sex. Not to mention this movie was very pro-lesbian, from what I know of it, rather than a teen sex comedy in which the token lesbian makes out with a guy without merit.

(Especially if the character was younger... I knew a lesbian in high school, and was shocked to learn she is now dating a guy. I think young people rush labels, which only increases the confusion.)

Anyway, just my two cents. Like I said, I'm not a lesbian, so I might be missing a big piece of the puzzle here, but those are just my thoughts.