Friends with Kids

March 11th, 2012








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Friends with Kids

Still of Adam Scott, Edward Burns, Maya Rudolph, Jennifer Westfeldt and Chris O'Dowd in Friends with KidsStill of Edward Burns and Kristen Wiig in Friends with KidsBrian d'Arcy James at event of Friends with KidsStill of Adam Scott in Friends with KidsStill of Adam Scott and Megan Fox in Friends with KidsStill of Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph, Jennifer Westfeldt and Chris O'Dowd in Friends with Kids

Plot
Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.2/10 (1,515 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Director: Jennifer Westfeldt

Stars: Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph

Storyline
Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships.

Cast:
Adam Scott - Jason Fryman
Jennifer Westfeldt - Julie Keller
Jon Hamm - Ben
Kristen Wiig - Missy
Maya Rudolph - Leslie
Chris O'Dowd - Alex
Megan Fox - Mary Jane
Edward Burns - Kurt
Lee Bryant - Elaine Keller
Kelly Bishop - Marcy Fryman
Cotter Smith - Phil Fryman
Owen Bento - Troy
Derek Cecil - Peter
Brian d'Arcy James - Husband
Michael Dean - Soho house waiter

Taglines: Love. Happiness. Kids. Pick two.



Details

Official Website: Lionsgate [United States] | Official Facebook |

Release Date: 8 March 2012

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd and Jon Hamm all appeared together in Bridesmaids.



User Review

A nice effort but it kind of caves in on itself.

Rating: 5/10

I hate when comedies try to be "real". For some reason a writer will feel that they know the secret to human beings that will totally connect with audiences and make them say, "Finally, someone gets it." Of course this never works and it always comes off as artificial and forced from the actors. Thankfully this doesn't happen so much here with Jennifer Westfeldt's directorial debut (she also wrote it). There are a few moments where this can slightly creep in, but for the most part it actually tackles things in a refreshing, honest way and I was surprised by that.

Of course the premise (two thirtysomething best friends decide to stop waiting and have a kid together) is straight from the rom-com horsecrap handbook, but there are some turns along the way that I thought were surprisingly dark and genuine for something with such a cheap, hokey idea. There are some scenes that key into the stupidity of it all and I was impressed with how Westfeldt's script delved into that. Then again the film does end up being a pretty standard rom-com at the end of it all, so it kind of takes a jab at itself in the end.

Westfeldt assembled a nice group of her actor friends to play out the parts, but unfortunately she didn't have the smarts to cast someone other than herself in the lead. Her co-lead Adam Scott and the supporting cast are all fantastic here, in particular Jon Hamm who steals the entire movie as far as I'm concerned, but the director herself is a very cold and robotic actor. It was hard to feel anything for her or her dynamic with Scott when I couldn't even buy her as a real person. Overall though, this is a solid film of it's type with slightly better writing, a great cast for the most part and unfortunately one god awful ending.




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