Two teenaged children get the notion to seek out their biological father and introduce him into the family life that their two mothers (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) have built for them. Once the donor (Mark Ruffalo) is found, the household will never be the same, as family ties are re-defined.
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Astonishingly realistic portrayals of people who experience drama without histrionics - like actual mature people do. The story is in turn funny, sad, tense, poignant, and comforting. It's great to see a movie where the characters aren't caricatures and to see them embodied by such skillful and committed actors.
Could have been one of those cloying "free spirited" (yak) indie darlings, but instead reveals surprising depth of feeling and insight. Features some of the best acting of the year, including a knockout from Benning.
This is what should they called a family film, it's about a dynamic life of living a family and uniquely as a gay couple in this one. I enjoy the jokes that still has it's vibe even in it's most serious moment and not overwhelm the film topic. Strong performance from Wasikowska and Ruffalo. Well..your sperm doesn't count if you're not there to watch your kids grow
their relation and lifestyle looks like one of ordinary heterosexual couple's.this film 'normalises' homosexual marriage which is good.(though 'normal' is a heteronormative concept) I don't think that this film is conservative at all,I think it gracefully avoids clichés. it reflects simply the reality:marriage is hard and along with it comes some normative obligations.down-to-earth.
Unfortunately the clichés that make it entertaining are precisely those that hardly contribute to widen society's perspective about lesbianism but perpetuate a particular stardarized view of it. Bening's best.