Julianne Moore's gay parenting role

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This dramedy has a star-studded female cast that includes Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Carrie Fisher, Cloris Leachman, Debi Mazar, Bette Midler and Candice Bergen. It's an update of the 1939 film of the same name which was based on the play by Clare Booth Luce. Written and directed by Diane English, 2008's "The Women" centers on what happens to four friends (Ryan, Bening, Messing and Smith) after one of their husbands gets involved in an affair with Mendes' character.

October 29th, 2010

Julianne Moore believes her new movie normalises the idea of gay parenting.

The flame-haired actress - who plays a lesbian mother in 'The Kids Are Alright' - believes the film shows the different kinds of successful families that exist in the world, and proves all kinds of set-ups can work.

Asked if the Lisa Cholodenko-directed project "normalised" lesbian mothers, she told BBC Radio 4's Today Show: "Absolutely it does. This is a very ordinary, be it modern family. The women have been together for at least 20 years, they have two children who they have raised brilliantly, they are beautiful and well educated children. It's a portrait of a very normal family.

"Even the fact that one of them is a working parent and one of them is an at home parent, that's very unusual these days, most people don't have that kind of economic ease. I think Lisa was very much making a film that was not political. It's cultural and social and about the nature of family."

'The Kids Are Alright' - which also stars Annette Benning, Mark Ruffalo and Mia Wasikowska - goes on release in the UK today (29.10.10) having already been released across the world.