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Laser, the 15-year-old wants his 18-year-old sister to find their biological dad before she leaves for college. She manages to make contact with their bio dad and find that he is an easygoing restaurateur. As he comes into their lives things change.
Comedy Drama - This is a gay-themed comedy/drama aimed at adult moviegoers. Fans of
the three stars Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo
should be pleased. Adult subject matter, language, and sexual content
makes the film inappropriate for children.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, 16 S-words, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Straight, lesbian, and gay sex with related nudity. VIOLENCE: None. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Constant alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Comic banter and situations, often sex-related.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 26 moviegoers:
Most of the adult males enjoyed this movie but their reviews aren't great. Most rated it "Very Good," which equals above average and indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. The female reviews are very mixed. About half enjoyed it quite a bit and half were somewhat to very disappointed. I suspect the strong sexual aspects contributed to the low female reviews.
Nic and Jules (Annette
Bening and Julianne Moore)
are married and share a cozy suburban Southern California
home with their teenage children, Joni and Laser (Mia
Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson). Nic and Jules – or, when
referred to jointly by Joni, "Moms” – gave birth to and
raised their children, and built a family life for the four
of them. As Joni prepares to leave for college, 15-year-old
Laser presses her for a big favor. He wants Joni, now 18, to
help him find their biological father; the two teenagers were
conceived by artificial insemination.
Against her better judgment, Joni honors her brother's
request and manages to make contact with "bio-dad” Paul (Mark
Ruffalo), an easygoing restaurateur. The kids find themselves
drawn to the confirmed bachelor's footloose style –
especially in contrast to Nic, a principled doctor who has
long established their house rules. Jules, who has been
looking to start a new career in landscaping, also strikes up
a rapport with Paul. As Paul comes into the lives of the
forthright four, an unexpected new chapter begins for them as
family ties are defined, re-defined, and then re-re-defined.