Focus Film's acquisition of the film "The Kids Are All Right" appears to be one of the most exciting deals to come out of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. A cast filled with great names and a captivating premise has all the earmarks of great movie watching.
In the flick, two teenaged children to a lesbian couple get the idea to seek out their mysterious biological father and introduce him to their family. No simple task, given that they were conceived by donor artificial insemination.
This is no ordinary couple played by the fantastic Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. Moore especially has been marking up her recent resume with a wide range of comedic roles -- from her subtle turn in "A Single Man" to the straight-up hilarious returning role on "30 Rock." With Mark Ruffalo as the donor, you are not just talking about killer DNA potential for the kids, but great movie potential as well for the rest of us.
The subject matter too seems well overdue for comedic mining.
Lisa Cholodenko directed the feature from an original screenplay that she wrote with Stuart Blumberg. Focus was clearly impressed. Variety.com reports that negotiations went for 72 hours and ended at $4.8 million. Focus Features CEO James Schamus called the movie "an extraordinary gem."