Directed by: Lisa Cholodenko
Written by: Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
Produced by: Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray, Jordan Horowitz, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Philippe Hellmann
Other cast: Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson
Release date: July 30, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Running time: 1h 46min
Lesbian couple Nic and Jules have been together for twenty years, bringing up two children thanks to the contributions of a anonymous sperm donor. As 18-year-old daughter Joni prepares to leave for college, she and younger brother Laser get curious about their heritage. Making contact with Paul, the laid-back restaurateur whose sperm bank deposit helped bring them into the world, the two set off a chain reaction.
→ Nic and Jules had the perfect family, until they met the man who made it all possible.
⋄ Julianne Moore received the script, and agreed to star in the film five years before filming began.
⋄ Jules (Julianne Moore) has a tattoo on her left wrist that reads “JLN”. This stands either for “Jules Loves Nic” or “Joni Laser Nic”.
• I need to say something. Um, it’s no big secret your mom and I are in hell right now, and, uh… Bottom line is, marriage is hard. It’s really fuckin’ hard. Just… just two people slogging through the shit, year after year, getting older, changing. It’s a fucking marathon, okay? So, sometimes, you know, you’re… you’re together so long, that you just… You stop seeing the other person. You just see weird projections of your own junk. Um, instead of talking to each other, you go off the rails and act grubby and make stupid choices, which is what I did, and I feel sick about it because I love you guys, and I love your mom, and that’s the truth. Sometimes you hurt the ones you love the most. I don’t know why. I… You know, if I read more Russian novels, then… Anyway, I just wanted to say how sorry I am for what I did. I hope you’ll forgive me eventually. Thank you.