AWFJ Women On Film – How Movies Repaint the Image of the American Families – Carrie Rickey comments

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If Norman Rockwell were alive today, when there’s a smorgasbord of options for building a clan, his picture of the American dinner might resemble the post-nuclear family of The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko’s comedy opening Friday. Here are two lesbian mothers, their two teenagers – each the offspring of one of them – and the sperm-donor dad gathered around the picnic table, getting to know each other over burgers and chips 18 years after bio-dad’s deposit at the sperm bank.Read more>>

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Carrie Rickey

Carrie Rickey has been The Philadelphia Inquirer's film critic for 21 years and writes the newspaper's Flickgrrl blog. She has reviewed films as diverse as "Water" and "The Waterboy," profiled celebrities from Lillian Gish to Will Smith, and reported on technological beakthroughs from the video revolution to the rise of movies on demand. Her reviews are syndicated nationwide and she is a regular contributor to Entertainment Weekly, MSNBC and NPR. Rickey's essays appear in numerous anthologies, including "The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll," "The American Century," and the Library of America's "American Movie Critics."