The Kids Are All Right: A Two Mother Family Unit

Hello everybody! Today we have an interesting suggestion, The Kids Are All Right.


DIRECTOR: Lisa Cholodenko

STARRING: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Yaya DaCosta

GENRE: Comedy-drama

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United States

Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. During their relationship, Jules has floundered in her “nine to five” life, sometimes trying to start a business – always unsuccessfully – or being the stay at home mom. She is currently trying to start a landscape design business. They have two teen-aged children, Joni and Laser, Nic who is Joni’s biological mother, and Jules who is Laser’s biological mother. Although not exact replicas, each offspring does more closely resemble his/her biological mother in temperament. Joni and Laser are also half-siblings, having the same unknown sperm donor father. Shortly after Joni’s eighteenth birthday and shortly before she plans to leave the house and head off to college, Laser, only fifteen and underage to do so, pleads with her to try and contact their sperm donor father. Somewhat …

I decided to finally write this review after watching The Kids Are All Right for the second time, as my first viewing was in 2011 for my American Indepedent film studies course. My favorite aspect about The Kids Are All Right is that it is an awesome example of the common two mother family unit that is oh so prevalent today. Also, Annette Benning’s as well. Julianne Moore’s performances were spectacular. It made me actually believe that they were in a homosexual relationship with each other. I can also completely see Mark Ruffalo as an estranged father/sperm donor. Let’s typecast him, anybody?

The Kids Are All Right is definitely far from perfect. I didn’t enjoy Mia Wasikowska’s or Josh Hutcherson’s performances at all. All they succeeded to do was piss me off to no end. Also Mia, why do you look like you are just regurgitating your lines? Your only job is to read lines/put on a show and you just couldn’t do it for me this time. The whole film I just wanted to jump through the tv and hit you and Josh Hutcherson. Get the hell out of here Peeta, you aren’t wanted! On a side note, why does Hollywood think that lesbians can change their way of think so quickly when a hot guy comes by?



  • Annette Benning, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo performances.
  • Balance of comedy and drama.
  • Interesting take on traditional family unit.




  • Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson performances.
  • Sexual preference changes.
  • This is not the Hunger Games.


SCORE: 6.3 / 10

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Epic: A Slightly More Hardcore Version of Ferngully

Hello Everybody! Sorry I haven’t been posting as many reviews as I should be the last two weeks. I have been caught up in a television show and I haven’t had time to watch much of anything else, but I finished it today and will have a review for it for Anime Wednesday. Keep up to date on all of Media in Review’s reviews, and pay attention this week there should be a good number of them! On a final note, feel free to leave me some feedback, I would love to hear what my readers have to say. Anyways, on to the review!



DIRECTOR: Chris Wedge

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States

Epic Cover

Alright here it goes, another family film review.  For those of you who didn’t hear about Epic, it was because it was definitely released at the wrong time. Epic was released at the same time as Fast and the Furious 6 and The Hangover Part III, so it was mostly swept under the rug by pretty much everyone. Besides that, it still managed to take third place in sales at the box office and was received moderately.

Epic tells the story of a young girl (Amanda Seyfried) grieving over the loss of her mother (who she is obviously very close to) and visits her estranged father (Jason Sudeikis).  Sudeikis is a scientist who is convinced that there is a society of smaller intelligent beings living in the forest.  This sounds familiar doesn’t it?  The general gist of the story is almost identical to Ferngully in the 1990s, but the premise has a darker tone. This darker tone exists in the film in some parts, but is inconsistent throughout. I thought it would be a little more consistent, especially since the main antagonist was the Jew Hunter in Inglorious Basterds in 2009.

epic cast

Epic definitely has a star-studded cast, there is such a variety of different styles from all different kinds of actors.  While some of them have decent performances (Beyonce Knoweles, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, even Colin Farrell) but what can you expect from a film that has Pitbull as a Bullfrog who is supposed to be a mob enforcer. Come on, Beyonce is queen of the forest? While she does pull it off, it doesn’t make sense.

cristoph waltz epic

The best part of Epic is that the film is absolutely beautiful. The forest is absolutely amazing. All of the creatures of the forest come alive and just contribute to the beauty that the forest brings.


  • The forest looks amazing.
  • Decent performances for the majority of the main cast.
  • The Jew Hunter is still hilariously evil.


  • The rest of the cast is god awful.
  • The story is quite lackluster.
  • Beyonce is queen of the forest?

SCORE: 6.3 / 10 Stars

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