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The Kids Are All Right | 2010 | R | - 10.3.8

After two teenagers (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) conceived by artificial insemination want to bring their birth father (Mark Ruffalo) into their lives, their mothers (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) must adapt to the presence of the man that made their family possible. Also with Yaya DaCosta and Kunal Sharma. Directed by Lisa Cholodenko. [1:44]

SEX/NUDITY 10 - A man and a woman kiss and engage in active intercourse: both are fully nude, their bare buttocks are visible from the side and the woman's bare breasts are visible as she thrusts on top of the man; they change positions multiple times, the sounds of moaning are heard, the woman slaps the man on the face and tells him to pull her hair, they lie side-by-side in bed, and the woman then straddles the man and they kiss, until another man shouts for the woman and she struggles to put on her clothing.
 A woman is seen lying in bed with another woman, they discuss watching a movie, and one then watches a pornographic movie of two shirtless men rubbing their hands over one each other's bodies (genitals are not visible but the men's pubic hair is seen): one of the men begins to perform oral sex on the other man in the movie and as the woman watches it is implied the other woman is under the covers (no nudity is visible) performing oral sex on her and using a sexual toy (the sound of loud vibration is heard) while the men in the video have intercourse (their bare buttocks are visible as they actively thrust on top of one another); the volume on the television increases and a teenage girl in another room overhears the sound of moaning and the first woman stops the woman who's under the covers and turns off the television.
 A man and a woman are seen kissing, they caress one another's bodies, the man lifts the woman up and carries her to a bedroom (the woman is seen in her bra), pulls off his shirt (his bare back and chest are visible), and she unzips his pants and comments on the size of his genitals; they kiss and have sex, changing positions multiple times, and the woman is seen straddling the man (her bare back visible) and the man is seen thrusting as the woman's legs are in the air.
 A man and a woman are seen engaging in intercourse: the woman wraps her legs around the waist of the man, both are fully nude (seen from the side and their bare buttocks visible) and moaning is heard as they kiss passionately.
 A teenage boy looks through a woman's dresser, finds a sexual toy and pushes it in the face of another teenage boy as it vibrates; the teenage boy shouts at the other to put it away. Two teenage boys are seen watching a pornographic movie of two nude men (the men's bare chests are visible, and their genitals are obscured) as one of the men performs oral sex on the other man; a woman walks in as the two boys watch the movie.
 Two women kiss on multiple occasions, including kissing passionately and wrapping their arms around one another. A teenage girl kisses a teenage boy, and she kisses his face and neck and they kiss passionately. Two women kiss on the cheek on multiple occasions. A man and a woman kiss passionately. Two women walk arm-in-arm, two women sit on a sofa, arms wrapped around one another, and one woman kisses the other woman on the cheek.
 A woman is seen rubbing the feet of another woman in a bathtub (a portion of the woman's bare breast is visible briefly) and she asks the other woman to get into the bathtub too; the woman says she will, walks away and the woman in the tub eventually gets out, wraps a towel around herself and walks away.
 A woman tells a man, a teenage girl and a teenage boy, a story implying that she had performed oral sex on another woman when they met. A teenage girl, using crude terms, tells another teenage girl and a teenage boy that they need to have sex; the boy and the girl remark that she is obsessed with sex. A teenage girl remarks to another teenage girl and a teenage boy that a man is "hot" and that she would like to have sex with him; one girl says that the other is disgusting and the boy agrees. A teenage girl uses crude language to describe how she believes a man is sexually interested in her, another teenage girl calls her names and tells her she is incorrect and the idea is disgusting. A woman tells a man, using crude language, that she would like to have sex with him; he declines and the woman walks away. A woman makes a crude joke to a man about him performing oral sex on another woman. A teenage boy asks two women why they enjoy watching pornographic movies of men having intercourse and one of the women explains that she likes to see someone "visually stimulated"; the teenage boy remarks that he would think they would like watching pornographic movies of two women and the woman says that she does not like that in pornographic movies the women are typically straight. A woman asks another woman if she was engaged in a sexual relationship with a man, the woman denies it and the other presents evidence that she had. A woman asks another woman if she is going to ask a teenage boy if he is engaged in a sexual relationship with another teenage boy. A teenage boy asks two women if they think he is gay, he denies it and later the women joke that they wish he was gay so he would be sensitive. A man, two women, a teenage girl and a teenage boy discuss, on multiple occasions, how a man had been a sperm donor. Two teenage girls discuss how two women had used a sperm donor to impregnate themselves, using artificial insemination. Two women discuss how they had used a man's sperm donation for artificial insemination.
 A man watches a woman, as she bends over and a portion of her underpants are visible above the waistband of her pants. A woman is seen in the shower (only her bare shoulders are visible). A woman is seen wearing a bikini-style top which exposes her mid-drift.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A teenage boy rides his skateboard off a single story building, slams into a garbage container, falls to the ground and screams in pain as a man and another teenage boy watch; the boy stands up, holding his arm, and is later seen with a makeshift cast made from cardboard.
 A teenage boy tells another teenage boy to hold a dog still as he urinates on the dog's head; he refuses, shoves the other boy away as he is about to unzip his pants, the first teenage boy shouts at him and then punches him, and the injured boy holds his mouth and spits (we see the bloody spit leave his mouth).
 Two teenage boys wrestle one another playfully, and a man interrupts them, pins one of the teenage boys to the ground and shouts at him to smell his armpit.
 A woman shouts at a man using crude language. A teenage girl shouts at a man over the phone. A teenage girl shouts at two women. A teenage girl shouts a woman. A woman tells a man and a teenage girl that she has seen people come into an emergency room paralyzed after getting in an accident on a motorcycle. A man and a teenage boy discuss if they prefer cremation or burial after they die.
 A man angrily throws a helmet at a motorcycle. Two women watch a television show portraying a man, his face covered in blood, shouting at another man holding a knife.


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LANGUAGE 8 - About 32 F-words and its derivatives, 2 implied F-words, 5 sexual references, 19 scatological terms, 22 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (unstable, grubby, sad sack, tool, pusher, phony, uptight, interloper, desperate), 22 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A teenage boy crushes an unidentified pill, snorts up the powder and offers it to another teenage boy who does the same (they are later seen apparently under the influence, and one boy asks the other if he "still feels it"), and a woman shouts at a man and asks if he has a drug problem, and she later tells a woman that the man had a drug problem. A teenage girl is seen drinking alcohol rapidly at a party, seems drunk but denies it when asked if she is and if she drove, men and women drink wine on multiple occasions with dinner and lunch, a woman implies that she believes another woman has a drinking problem, a woman tells another woman that drinking too much wine is not good for her, and a teenage girl remarks that she "learned" how to drink from a woman. A woman smokes a cigarette, and a woman asks a man if he has a cigarette and he says he smokes occasionally, does not have a cigarette but will buy her some.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Artificial insemination, nontraditional marriages, teenagers exploring sexuality, gay parenting, fidelity in marriage, insecurity, family relationships, going away to college, finding a missing parent, accountability, abusive friendships, pornographic movies, teenage drinking and drug use, drinking problems, dishonesty.

MESSAGE - Being a family can be hard, and family dynamics are always changing.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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