AFI Movie Club: THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT – American Film Institute
The Kids Are All Right Film Still - Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska



THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT was honored with an AFI Award in 2010 – recognizing it as one of the 10 outstanding films deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image.

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Movie Trivia about Today’s Film

-DID YOU KNOW THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT draws heavily from writer/director Lisa Cholodenko’s own life? At the time Cholodenko was developing the film, she and her partner were in the process of discussing growing their own family. 

-DID YOU KNOW THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT was set to begin filming on the east coast in late 2005 or early 2006? Financing fell through at the last minute – and screenwriter Stuart Blumberg and writer/director Lisa Cholodenko used the additional time to refine the script by adding more humor and moving the setting to Los Angeles.  

-DID YOU KNOW principal photography of THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT was completed in only 23 days? The filmmakers rushed post-production so it would be finished in time for the Sundance Film Festival – where it became one of the festival’s breakout hits.  

-DID YOU KNOW that the film garnered four Oscar nominations – including Best Picture; Best Performance by a Lead Actress for Annette Bening; Best Original Screenplay for Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg; and Best Supporting Actor for Mark Ruffalo? 

-DID YOU KNOW director Lisa Cholodenko worked as a coordinator for the AFI Directing Workshop for Women in the early ‘90s? Cholodenko returned to serve as the DWW keynote speaker for the program’s showcase event in 2011. The AFI Directing Workshop for Women is the longest-running program dedicated to supporting women and gender nonbinary narrative directors. Visit our website to learn more about the DWW. 

DID YOU KNOW that GLAAD published a resource guide specifically in response to the film’s release? The expansive document included talking points, discussion questions, further reading/viewing recommendations and other tools for engaging with the content. 

Learn more at the AFI Catalog.

The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions

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-What do you consider the definition of a family? 

-What is the value of seeing diverse family configurations represented in popular entertainment? 

-What aspects of the film’s family felt the most familiar and/or universal? 

-Why does THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT still resonate with audiences 10 years later? 

-What challenges are Nic, Jules and the kids facing as a family before they meet Paul? 

-What does Paul mean to Nic, Jules, Laser and Joni as a family? What does he mean to each of them individually? 

-How would you rate THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT? 

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