Friends With Kids

2012

Friends With Kids

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Sharp, shrewd, and funny, Friends with Kids features excellent performances that help smooth over some of the story's more conventional elements.

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Friends with Kids is a daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes. The last two singles in the group observe the effect that kids have had on their friends' relationships and wonder if there's a better way. They decide to have a kid together - and date other people. There are big laughs and unexpected emotional truths as this unconventional 'experiment' leads everyone in the group to question the nature of friendship, family and, finally, true love. -- (C) Official Site

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  • Dec 02, 2013
    This is a good movie that starts off very promisingly and, eventually, settles into your typical romantic comedy that you've seen a thousand times. The film, certainly, has a lot to say about how married couple having kids affect that marriage and their friendships and how the leads of the movie tried to avoid all the messiness that comes along with being married with kids. However rightly or wrongly, the film makes some very good points about how it can negatively affect a relationship. That's not say that kids suck or anything, but it does have an effect...just how it can have a positive effect in some people's marriage, it can also have a negative one. I realize that might not the most PC thing to say, and I'm not saying I blame the kids, hell, far from it, I think they're blameless, but it still has an effect on how married people interact with each other. So the movie makes some really good points about that, with plenty of sharp dialogue and witty lines. While the film certainly deals with relationships on a more mature level, I think the fact that having a kid was really just a plot device. Something to get to the next scene or to cause an argument between the group of friends about how Jason and Jule didn't plan this out very well. I realize the entire movie revolves around Jason and Julie's relationship after having a child but, at times, it doesn't really feel like that's very important. What's important is making sure that Jason and Julie end up together by the end of the film. The film is certainly insightful, but I think it doesn't go as in depth as it could. You do get to see a little of the other two couples, but the film is really all about Jason and Julie. It'd have been cool if you got to see a little more from all three couples and three very different relationships and how children affects each individual relationship. That would've been really cool, as you'd have gotten to see how different couples have different perspectives on parenting. The cast is strong, which isn't surprising considering the really talented people that are in this movie. They're funny in a raunchy manner but, at the same time, there's something about them that keeps the movie from being a gross-out comedy. I do think it's a shame that the film became every romantic comedy I've ever seen, because it was really clicking there for a while. The last scene of the film is funny, but everything that led to this last scene, as in Jason trying to win Julie back over and not the entire movie prior to this, was really cheesy to me. But this is a good, smart and insightful movie with a very talented cast, but a disappointing third act keeps it from being great.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2013
    How easy is it to fall in love with Adam Scott? Too easy. His perfectly tousled man-coif. His boyish but faintly rat-looking nose-mouth combo. His extraordinary ability to tear up at the drop of a hat. His brand of deathly serious deadpan that is neither sarcastic nor snarky. Herein lies the problem: Scott's Jason is such a lovable guy that it's completely unbelievable that he's the shallow womanizer the plot calls for him to be. He treats his platonic bestie, Julie, like a queen. He entertains her neurotic wee-AM phone calls. He never fails to address her as "Doll," his schmaltzy, old-fashioned moniker for her. Why? It's unclear HOW they became friends, WHY nothing ever happened (beyond the truly weak argument of lack of physical attraction), HOW they maintain their old married couple ease, and WHY he doesn't bend over backward like this for any other woman. Is it because he only has room for one most important woman in his life? Is it because he's in denial about his non-platonic feelings for her? Are they both so blind? Jason and Julie's partnership is too cute and too cooked. Their romantic union is fairly predictable. This is not to say Jennifer Westfeldt isn't still a remarkable triple threat who creates great films for and about women. The existential questions that come with life, love, and responsibility are witty and devastating. Jason and Julie's hairbrained scheme to have a baby with each other is charming, and it's satisfying to see how together they have it (at first). The cast shines with chaotic humor and cuts with gross cruelty. I rather like Megan Fox, and she plays the perfect hot girl with subtle glamour. Jason's declaration of love and loyalty for the mother of his children is just the tenderest of juggernauts. All in all, an enjoyable movie dampened by an unrealistic/confusing male lead and a cheap, hurried reconciliation that overemphasizes physical and sexual attraction.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2013
    Two close friends decide to have a child but maintain their search for "The One." Jennifer Westfeldt is fast becoming one of my favorite new filmmakers. It is right that she works with Edward Burns in this film because their films have similar milieus, and her slice-of-life comedies bare the mark of Woody Allen's influence. She may make her way to my list of favorite neurotic Jews, an honor that all should aspire to. Her comic eye is sharp, her dialogue is extraordinarily witty, and her direction has Burns's and Allen's ease. As he often does, Adam Scott gives an exceptional performance as Westfeldt's leading man. He's got such great comic timing, balanced by an ability to turn on sharp intensity when the dramatic scenes call for it. The story seems quite familiar, delving in to how children can throw lives astray but also how getting older changes friendships. Westfeldt may be young, but she's got an old, cynical soul, tempered by a charming romanticism; only she could make "I want to fuck the shit out of you" the most romantic line in the film. Overall, Friends with Kids is an exceptionally strong film from a gifted filmmaker.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2013
    Surprisingly, didn't mind this one. Good cast lift what is a pretty dull topic. A few laughs and a few cringes and a happy ending.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer

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