The Kids Are All Right

Music by: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In The Kids Are All Right, teenagers Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska and John Hutcherson) lead a fairly normal life with their family in a cozy home in Southern California.  The only difference between their family and others is that they have two moms -  Nic and Jules (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) gave birth to their children through the use of donor insemination.  Joni is about to head off to college when her brother comes to her for help.  He wants to find their donor father.  When they discover Paul (Mark Ruffalo) is an easygoing footloose bachelor restaurateur, they find themselves drawn to him.  As it turns out, Jules also establishes a good rapport with Paul and before you know it, the family has grown and reformed itself around the newcomer who is responsible for helping to create the family in the first place.

            The soundtrack of The Kids Are All Right features music from a rather diverse collection of artists such as David Bowie, MGMT, Joni Mitchell, Gabor Szabo, Leon Russell, Deerhoof and more.  The music, although varying in style and form, basically sets a specific tone for this film.  Despite the fact that the movie is set in the present tense, the movieís musical score is steeped in the age of the flower child with a carefree nostalgic sound.  There are a couple of psychedelic tracks, some R&B and some light music mixed in with punk and rock, offering up a variety of musical.

            While that sort of variety would certainly be welcome on a 70ís greatest hits album, it seems a tad bit confusing for someone who has never seen the film.  What scenes would some of this music be used in?  Are the characters stuck in the past and unable to move forward.  When they do, does that constitute the use of a song created in this decade?  The soundtrack is a confusing mishmosh of songs that contain no real attachment to one another. 

            There is seemingly no theme and no congruity to the sound and thus, I have to rate The Kids Are All Right Soundtrack as one of those albums that will spend a lot of time on the shelf in a music store collecting dust.


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