At the age of 17, actor Josh Hutcherson has already been the lead in nearly a half-dozen movies, becoming the go-to guy to play kids in big CG fantasy epics whether it was Jon Favreau’s Zathura, Disney’s Bridge to Terabithia or the early 3D hit Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Even with the numerous lead roles he has under his belt, Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right may be seen as Hutcherson’s first truly adult role, as he plays Laser, a slacker California teen who has lived his whole life with two mothers, played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, and his older sister Joni, played by Mia Wasikowska. When Joni turns 18, Laser convinces her to look for their birth father who donated sperm to impregnate both their Moms. They find Mark Ruffalo’s Paul, who proceeds to break up the happy family dynamics by infiltrating himself into their lives.
This past weekend, Cholodenko’s film amassed one of the highest per-theater averages for a limited release this year, and while Hutcherson’s role as Laser may not be getting as much attention as the two lead actresses, Wasikowska or Ruffalo, the movie is just as much about his character’s journey, and we think ComingSoon.net readers will probably be able to relate to Laser more than some of the other characters.