are all right have two mothers, and it is refreshing to see the family act completely like the rest of mainstream America. There are arguments at the dinner table. An overachieving first child, a troublemaking younger child. Tension in the bedroom. An embarrassing and hilarious scene involving gay porn.
Then the children reach out to the sperm donor their mothers used to conceive.
What happens next is similar to what happens in other kid-meets-bio-parent films. However, bringing a man into a family led by women necessarily creates interesting studies on gender differences and the impact a traditional or nontraditional role can have on children and the structure of the Family.
Mark Ruffalo is ace in his role as Mark Ruffalo, and Annette Bening wrung more hidden emotion than I’d have thought possible in her role as Nic. However, the real standout for me was Julianne Moore. Ditzy, earnest, nonchalantly cool, Jules is a character easy to love and root for.
The film has a somewhat happy ending. Personally, I hoped for the ending to include a loving, polyamorous family where everyone would stay together and be happily sexually fulfilled forever, but I am probably of the minority there. The ending is at once a triumph of the Nontraditional Family, and of the very traditional, stable Family Unit.
Also, Julianne Moore and Annette Benning in cutoffs and flannel at a hardware store. That understated scene made the movie for me.