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.
Very good comedy of manners that's a little too familiar to be anything that special. The performances are really good, especially Bening (although I found her role a little underwritten). It lacks discipline and tends to wander, leaving the kids a bit more of a cipher than they should be, but when it's focused (I'm referring mostly to the two scenes that involve all five lead characters) it can be extraordinary.