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!