For a film about family, Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right effectively twists the dynamics in ways both obvious and subtle. As a long-together lesbian couple, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) have achieved a degree of domestic perfection that defies convention by being utterly conventional in its own way. Grade A.
Writer-director Rodrigo Garcia ('Looking at Her' and 'Nine Lives') tells the story of three California women (played by the capable trio of Annette Bening, Kerry Washington and Naomi Watts) dealing with issues pertaining to, as the title overtly suggests, mothers and children. Check out Samuel L. Jackson, who in a supporting role does his best, most subtle work in years. Grade: B-plus.