The kids are all right, but the movie ain’t.
At the Toronto Pride Festival this year, I tabled for the Toronto Vegetarian Association booth during and shortly after the parade on the Sunday. We were handed a stack of flyers to promote a new movie called “The Kids are All Right“. It was being plugged at Pride for its gay (lesbian) content. The organizers of the TVA booth agreed to distribute the flyers only after being assured that, in fact, the movie featured a new-age, vegetarian family of two mothers and two children. In other words, the promised vegetarian content ensured that the movie was within the mandate of the TVA and could be promoted by the TVA, in principle. We happily hyped it up. How exciting to be promoting a new movie with famous people such as Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, and at the same time advocating for same-sex coupling and vegetarianism, no less.
This past weekend, I finally was able to watch the movie. As the family sat around eating a steak dinner, discussing how delicious steak is and what exactly “rare” steak means, I felt it necessary to question the alleged vegetarian lifestyle of this modern family. Call me crazy, but I think it is safe to conclude that we had received some misinformation at the Pride community fair. The question that begged to be answered was, were we purposefully and unabashedly misled in order to help promote this movie gratis to passers-by? Or, were the promoters simply confusing the trendy family vibe, environmental consciousness, composting, and homosexuality with vegetarianism. Maybe the promoters had been misinformed. Either way, yuck! I felt like the TVA was pimped out for no other reason than to promote a Hollywood movie, which, to boot, was pretty disappointing.
I’m not a seasoned film critic, so I’m not going to offer you a very satisfying critique, but I will say that it was entirely depressing with one awkward or distressing scene after the next. There wasn’t much content, aside from some gratuitous sex scenes, surprisingly none being lesbian in nature, even though the protagonists were lesbians. Well, I guess one shouldn’t be that surprised… it was Hollywood after all. I’m sure prospective ratings persuaded the selection of the scenes of a romantic nature. (Grr.)
So, steak dinner or no, this movie receives a thumbs-down from me. That being said, apparently the movie critic world doesn’t agree with me (see: Rotten Tomatoes). I leave it up to you to decide who to trust… though clearly, not the promoters.