The Kids Are All Right Is All Right: No 18-Year-Olds Drink Wine or Have Sex!

I know parents are anxious about their children seeing — about themselves watching — a movie about a same-sex marriage with children, like The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko’s new film starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo.

Well, parents — I can tell you: relax!

Overall, the film is about real human beings in real relationships who create a real family.

More important, although the film depicts cocaine use by a 15-year-old, intimate sex between same-sex and heterosexual partners (the latter is much more explicit, but come on — this is America!), and marital infidelity, no 18-year-olds consume wine!

When the adults drink wine with their meals, the two adolescents (the older of whom just turned 18) ostentatiously drink water. True, the older kid downs a couple of drinks at a party, gets a little drunk, and misbehaves a bit. Especially risky is her driving home drunk (she also cuts down mother Bening for drinking too much) — but come on, this is America! That’s how we do it!

Plus, same-sex marriage, yes. Teen sex, no thanks. Nether kid has sex (belying national statistics); the 18-year-old hasn’t been kissed! Ultimately, the film, however cutting edge, upholds fundamental American values — thank God!

Stanton Peele

Dr. Stanton Peele, recognized as one of the world's leading addiction experts by The Fix, developed the Life Process Program after decades of research, writing, and treatment about and for people with addictions. Dr. Peele is the author of 14 books. His work has been published in leading professional journals and popular publications around the globe.

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