Movies never seem to get tired of mining the comedic territory of artificial insemination. Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman have the squirm-inducing "The Baster" coming up next year. Now we learn that sperm donation means "The Kids Are All Right" for at least one cast of characters.
Variety reports that Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowski ("Alice in Wonderland") and Josh Hutcherson ("Journey to the Center of the Earth") have joined director Lisa Cholodenko's indie project -- not a remake of the classic same-titled documentary about British classic rock outfit The Who -- which begins shooting today.
The plot revolves around a same-sex couple, played by Bening and Moore, who are raising two children (Hutcherson and Waskikowski) conceived through artificial insemination. The two kids decide to track down their donor father, and find that he's none other than Mark Ruffalo. He enters their lives and upsets their happy family dynamic, for better or for worse. I'm not sure if this is meant to be funny or serious, so let's be safe and label it a "dramedy," and hope that it's not a fatherhood thriller!
While the film boasts a wonderful cast, it's catching an extra dose of attention thanks to Mia Wasikowski. If you've been obsessively following Tim Burton news, you'll recognize her as Alice from his upcoming "Alice in Wonderland" adaptation. The young Australian actress is quickly going from "that unknown actress playing Alice" to one of those names primed to take over young Hollywood.
Whether Wasikowski becomes a big star after going down the rabbit hole or not, with a role alongside the likes of Bening and Moore, I'd say (pun very intended) that she's "all right" for now.
Readers, does this cast and storyline intrigue you? Or does it sound like another tired family drama?