We're breaking down all the Oscar contenders for you, so that you can decide whether you want to see them -- or at the very least, be able to hold your own at cocktail parties. Next up: 'The Kids Are All Right,' about two children of lesbian parents who track down their biological father.

Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Actress (Annette Bening), Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Best Original Screenplay (Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg)

What It's About: After her 18th birthday, Joni (Mia Wasikowska), the daughter of lesbian couple Nic and Jules (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore), decides to find her biological father at the urging of her younger brother, Laser (Josh Hutcherson). They end up meeting their father, Paul (Mark Ruffalo), a somewhat-bewildered restaurant owner who does not quite have his life together. Sensing that this family he unknowingly helped father could help ground him, Paul grows close to Joni and especially Jules, which strains the small family since Nic does not want Paul in their lives.

Why You Should See It: 'The Kids Are All Right' is a family drama about an alternative family. Annette Bening and Julianne Moore deliver pitch-perfect performances as parents struggling with their first child leaving the nest while her biological father is stealing her attention. It also takes an unflinching look at sexual and family issues that arise in new, unconventional families. It's highly recommended for mainstream moviegoers wanting to stretch their boundaries.

It's Kind Of Like: 'Kissing Jessica Stein' meets 'Modern Family.'

How You Can See It: Now on DVD



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