Could have been great, but the turn the plot takes during the second act ruins the whole thing. It cheapens what is an otherwise warm and down-to-earth story. The performances are all good, though, but I have a feeling there are things here that won't satisfy those more knowledgeable about LGBT issues, and understandably so.
a film that decenters and minimizes the severely underrepresented subject of lesbian marriage to focus instead on the unbearably overrepresented subjects of heterosexual infidelity and white suburban adolescent angst...the first prominent lesbian film by a lesbian director in years and it's all about the sperm donor? Sigh.
I like the idea of realism in the story and its approach of not over-fantasizing on the world's ideal gay family. This is what we want to see to feel better. It's tainted, but its a charmer. Julianne Moore and Annette Bening portrayed a wonderful couple. Great chemistry between the two, and their kids, Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson were equally beautiful to watch as siblings. It's a story well told. Thumbs up.