A summer film that isn’t about fantasy? That is unusual. And definitely All Right

Lisa Cholodenko’s new comedy The Kids Are Right is an unlikely summer film for only one reason: The central premise is of a same-sex couple Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic ( Annette Bening) having family issues related to Paul (Mark Ruffalo), the father of their children. Drama and heartfelt humanity ensues.

Obviously, it’s the “same-sex” part that makes it unusual for mainstream school’s-out entertainment, and while that bit is essential, it’s also almost incidental: The issues faced by Nic and Jules — child-rearing, career, respect within the relationship, infidelity — are universal. It could just as well have been called, It’s Complicated For Gays, Too.

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DEETS: The Magnolia, 3699 McKinney Ave. Check theater for times. LandmarkTheatres.com. Also showing at Angelika Film Center Plano and Cinemark Legacy and XD.