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Great Moments in Soundtrack: The Kids Are All Right


I watched Lisa Cholodenko’s “The Kids Are All Right” for the third time last night. Besides being a humorous and simultaneously deep movie which deals with some difficult life themes (childhood coming-of-age, long-term committed relationship meltdown, and the longing for something that is unobtainable) it has a kick ass soundtrack.

Annette Benning (Nic) and Julianne Moore (Jules)

It is one of those soundtracks that hits me as soon as the film opens, and of course with Carter Burwell at the music helm, it is gold in my book. Pretty much anything Burwell touches is an instant favorite for me. I recognized some 70s rock-era David Bowie, CSS, MGMT, Joni Mitchell and Leon Russell. The rest I wasn’t sure of, but I did some Googling found the entire soundtrack listing.

01. The Youth – MGMT
02. Black Country Rock – David Bowie
03. Sundown Syndrome – Tame Impala
04. When I Grow Up – Fever Ray
05. Out In The Woods – Leon Russell
06. Milk Man – Deerhoof
07. The New World – X
08. Same High – Uh Huh Her
09. Win – David Bowie
10. Slippin’ – Quadron
11. All I Want – Joni Mitchell
12. Knife – CSS
13. Blues Alley – Geology ft. Yukimi Nagano
14. Galatea’s Guitar – Gabor Szabo
15. Good Lovin’ – Betty Wright
16. Blue Cash – Deerhoof
17. Fortune – Little Dragon

Mia Wasikowska (Joni) and Josh Hutcherson (Laser)

The film does a good job of balancing each of the characters in the soundtrack. Joni Mitchell, of course, is for the relationship between Julianne Moore’s and Annette Benning’s characters (Jules and Nic, respectively). There is a slew of newer music for the kids, played by Josh Hutcherson (Laser) and Mia Wasikowska (Joni). Perhaps my favorite, though, are those of the free-lovin’, motorcycle ridin’, über-bohemian character of Paul, played by the loverly bescruffled Mark Ruffalo.

Mark Ruffalo (Paul)

Seventeen links to YouTube is quite much, so I’ll just put in a few of my favorites from the film.

Please to enjoy!