I haven't posted here in awhile (my common refrain) and I actually meant to post this last Thursday, but with everything I have been doing I am just getting around to it now. Last week, I won tickets for two from The Chicago Sun-Times to see The Kids Are Alright at Landmark Theater. Kathy and I went together, along with other ticket-winners, the day before its opening. The movie didn't exceed expectation, but since my expectations were high, that's a good thing. Spoilers to follow, so if you don't want to know, read no further.
While I understand why the response to yet another lesbian story in which the lesbian has an affair with a man, (I groaned in despair a bit myself when I realized where it was headed) I do feel that this movie handled it well and quite differently. Even the sex scenes between Jules and Paul seem mechanical, void of actual romantic chemistry. And while the affair has a deep effect on Nic and Jules' marriage, it acts only as a wake-up call - a shaking up of their world - and does not tear them apart but, in fact, makes them stronger. I admit that I got a little choked up at Julianne Moore's (incredibly memorable) "marriage is hard" speech.
In the end, I felt like The Kids Are Alright was about a realistic family, not without their problems, but who love each other very much. Flaws, mistakes and all. I cannot recommend this movie enough.