Indiewatch: The Kids Are All Right

Sunday September 26th 2010


If there’s one thing I don’t particularly look forward to each Autumn, it’s seeing ‘this year’s Little Miss Sunshine‘. A range of fairly average, conventional comedies have been included in this spurious category, mainly because they’ve got a bit of swearing in them or feature Zooey Deschanel.

The Kids are All Right, from unpronounceable director Lisa Cholodenko, is most definitely ‘this year’s Little Miss Sunshine‘ and has already amassed more buzz than the Oxford Street Disney Store [that's like a proper joke right there].

Unfortunately, it’s actually really really good as well, which makes writing a knowingly irreverent blog post on it all the more difficult. The cast are phenomenal (especially Mia Wasikowska, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore), there are dozens of perfectly observed little moments, and if it wasn’t for the distractingly wall-to-wall indie soundtrack (HOORAY VAMPIRE WEEKEND HOORAY) and mildly cop-out ending, I’d be pushing this straight to the top end of our Best of 2010 list.

As it is, I’m going to have to have a think.