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Monday, May 17, 2010

The Kids Are All Right

Hooray for Hollywood. What is wonderful about the Arts, is that it can send messages of hope, inclusion and tolerance in many different ways without preaching.

The Kids Are All Right is the heartfelt new comedy from acclaimed director Lisa Cholodenko, starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo. Two teenaged children (Alice in Wonderlands Mia Wasikowska and Journey to the Center of the Earths Josh Hutcherson) get the notion to seek out their biological father and introduce him into the family life that their two mothers (Bening and Moore) have built for them. Once the donor (Ruffalo) is found, the household will never be the same, as family ties are defined, re—defined, and re—re—defined. The New York Times raves that its "a generous, nearly note—perfect portrait of a modern family," and Entertainment Weekly calls the movie "funny, smart and sexy!"

I was drawn to Hollywood, and not just for the beauty of the City, the architecture, the weather, the people - I was drawn for its ability to tell stories and create magic.

I knew I was drawn to " Hollywood" for all the right reasons.  Art that helps promote evolution of modern mankind.  This film shows that "family" means so much more than what was Ward and June Cleaver.

If ever there were a year for Annette Bening to have “Her Year,” 2010 might be it. The 51-year-old actress has a relative windfall of projects arriving in theaters, starting Friday with the drama Mother and Child and continuing this summer with the Sundance darling The Kids Are All Right. But one thing at a time: Mother features Bening as Karen, a nurse haunted by her decision as a teenager to give up her baby for adoption.

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