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Annette Bening

Baltimore-born Bart Walker godfathered 'The Kids Are All Right'

Watching the marvelous comedy-drama "The Kids Are All Right," you feel as if the co-writer-director, Lisa Cholodenko, had all the time and money in the world. She brings good vibrations to the growing pains of a warm, complex couple (lesbian moms, played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore), their smart, intuitive children (Josh Hutcherson and Mia Wasikowska), and an unconventional man (Mark Ruffalo) — the couple's sperm donor — who befriends their family.

Cholodenko's film is, among other things, a great Los Angeles movie, exuding promise and possibility. But she created this echt-L.A. mini-masterpiece in the filmmaking equivalent of a New York minute — 23 days. She...