The son of a same-sex couple seeks out the sperm donor who made his birth possible in this comedy from writer/director Lisa Cholodenko. The committed parents of two teenage children, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), are about to send their daughter, Joni (Mia Wasikowska), off to college when her younger brother, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), asks for her help in tracking down his biological father. Reluctantly inquiring with the sperm bank, Joni leaves her number so the office can pass it along to Laser's father. Enthusiastic at the thought of meeting his long lost offspring, Paul (Mark Ruffalo) musters the courage to reach out, and the family tree grows a new branch. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
What looks to be a heartwarming (alternative) family drama takes a darker turn and leaves several loose ends unresolved. Overall, it was well acted, with likeable characters, and a superb performance by Annette Bening in particular.
I cannot think of a more perceptive movie that takes a funny and honest look at a marriage. In fact, I don't recall ever seeing a movie that deals with marriage, most are about the wedding or the divorce, this movie is something special. Funny and touching, with wonderful performances by Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. The movie has sharp witty dialogue and characters that are real and relatable. One of the true treasures of 2010.