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2010 Greggys: Movie of the Year: The beautifully written and acted “The Kids Are All Right” was superb

Well, you didn’t think it was going to be I Love You Phillip Morris did you?

That movie, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor had its moments but overall, I didn’t love it. But kudos to Carrey for giving 100 percent to his performance. I just didn’t buy him and McGregor together for a single second and matters were not helped by the director’s decision to zoom out and dim the lights every time these two kissed.

Before I write about the superb The Kids Are All Right, let me say that there were many excellent LGBT films this year with Undertow, A Marine Story and Bear City being among my favorites.

The Kids Are All Right, directed and co-written by Lisa Cholodenko, was simply terrific from the first frame to the last.

So smart, so funny, so sexy. Bening is being touted as the front-runner for the best actress Oscar and it would be awfully nice to see her win at last.

She is in top form here as a busy doctor (and a wine drinking alcoholic) married to Julianne Moore and raising their two teenage kids (kids fathered by same sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo) with each woman giving birth to a child.)

Moore is also excellent as the more free-spirited half of the couple and Ruffalo gives, I think, the best performance of his career as the sperm donor father brought into their lives by the kids.

When the family’s happiness is threatened by his presence and his actions, Bening is just superb as a control freak fighting to restore order her household.

The film is so well written and it is just filled with humor to balance the more dramatic moments. It has a realĀ  sophistication and ease. I’m still haunted by a look on her face at the dinner table after she discovers she has been betrayed by Moore.

Rounding out this fine Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated cast as the teenage children are Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson.

It will be a pleasure watching Kids pick up some major awards in the coming months.

Other 2010 Greggy winners: New Star of the Year Darren Criss; Music Star of the Year Adam Lambert; Soap Star of the Year: Eric Sheffer Stevens; Book of the Year: Patti LuPone’s a Memoir; Couple of the Year: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka; Icon of the Year: Lily Tomlin; Coming Out Story of the Year: Chely Wright; and Straight Ally of the Year: Kathy Griffin.

Still to come: The Greggys for TV Show of the Year, Morning Man of the Year, and Male and Female Stars of the Year!



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  1. Greg, I want to agree with you so badly….really I do, dahlink. Howeva: this movie STANK. Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo – dream casting, all of them my faves. This movie started out so good: up until ‘trouble’ appears, and the stinky script required Julianne & Mark to get it on in a disgusting “Ooh..Mark, unleash your Monster” moment.

    I really don’t know what was going on inside the writer/director (L.Cholondenko’s) head at that moment. If Cholodenko is a Lez,as has been reported, then she ought to have her credentials revoked. Saw this on PayPerView, clicked it off at about the 60-minute point. Ecch. Don’t know how it ended; don’t care.

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