I had heard about Lisa Cholodenko’s new movie, The Kids Are All Right, which she cowrote with Stuart Blumberg. (Michael Fleming runs the official start of production announcement here.) It’s a great story: Julianne Moore and Annette Bening are long-time partners; each mothered a kid with sperm from the same anonymous donor. Doctor Bening has a brainy achiever girl (Mia Wasikowska), while designer Moore’s son is a jock (Josh Hutcherson). He wants to meet his father (Mark Ruffalo) and talks his 18-year-old sister into getting permission to approach him. The father doesn’t mind. But complications ensue when he gets involved with his son’s mother.
I hear the script is very sexy. We’ll see how much winds up in the indie movie, which started shooting in L.A. Tuesday. Cholodenko (High Art, Laurel Canyon) has great chops, but hasn’t broken into the mainstream. One market niche the filmmakers can count on: the under-served lesbian audience will turn out in droves.