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Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph ... see more see more... , Chris O'Dowd , Megan Fox , Edward Burns , Lee Bryant , Kelly Bishop , Cotter Smith

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 ob... read more read more...serve 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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R, 1 hr. 47 min.

Directed by: Jennifer Westfeldt

Release Date: March 9, 2012

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DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012

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  • July 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... read more.

    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.
  • fb223580
    July 11, 2013
    Man, I love movies like this. This one is not as polished as Kissing Jessica Stein, and suffers from the same weak ending, but I could still totally watch this again. Megan Fox makes for some serious eye candy and Adam Scott is surprisingly charming. My only gripe (SPOILER ALE... read moreRT) is that these romcoms could subconsciously convince previously-sensible people to wait around for playaz to come to maturity or come to their senses.
  • June 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... read more-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.
  • April 2, 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.
  • March 30, 2013
    Friends with Kids is not without its charms. Star Jennifer Westfeldt also wrote and directed. She was responsible for co-writing and co-starring in the hit independent film Kissing Jessica Stein with Heather Juergensen in 2001. Overall Westfeldt has fashioned a humorous twist on ... read moremodern relationships. Her non-traditional take is entertaining. She brings a vulnerability that makes her character Julie likable even when she becomes self absorbed. Her flaws seem minor when contrasted with her friend Jason. He's unapologetically arrogant. Actor Jason Scott is often typecast as unlikable types and Jason is sometimes difficult to defend here. While we never question his unfailing support toward Julie, his egotistical personality can make him a bit hard to champion over the course of an entire movie. He's not a bad person. At times his humor can be endearing. It's during those moments that we understand what Julie sees in him. Jennifer Westfeldt's reflection on adults in their late 30s and having children is just captivating enough to hold our attention. While Friends with Kids occasionally lapses into superficial and predictable situations, the way the narrative plays out is frequently funny and insightful.
  • March 12, 2013
    The only thing funny in this film is Jennifer Westfeldt pretending she's in her mid thirties. Meow. Adam Scott looks evil, he has a weird 'I've just licked Dogs piss off a stinging nettle and I think I liked it' expression on his face that makes me want to throw things at it. Jus... read moret when you think that this film isn't going to be the predictably horrid comedy you thought it was going to be, it does something horrible. Half a point for originality but that is all (and too generous). Chris O'Dowd disappoints me the most, be careful Chris, I'm not sure you're going down the right path. Apart from Chris O'Dowd (but including his agent), everyone involved with this production should be set on fire.
  • March 8, 2013
    Friends With Kids was a good surprise. I'm usually not a fan of rom-coms because they always have the same formula with so-so acting. This film happened to have a good script with good acting. It was smart and honest. I enjoy the type of films where you can say "yes... read more, I've seen this couple in real life." Alex and Leslie are just like a couple I know. I've even known a Ben and Missy. So when you watch a film and see actors portray honest relationships, it makes the film that more enjoyable. I liked the relationship between Jason and Julie. I loved how open they could be with each other without feeling embarrassed. Although predictable, it was a really good movie. The film had everything working for it.
    The acting was really good too. The chemistry between all the actors was really strong. I even liked Megan Fox's small performance in this. I'd see this again."
  • November 23, 2012
    Funny, saucy romantic comedy with appealing, honest characters and a great script. It cannot help but have a conventional ending, but the journey there is worth watching this film.
  • October 14, 2012
    Interesting storyline about a group of 30 somethings who all pair off, get married and have kids. The last two singletons see how the kids have changed their friends' lives for the worse, so they decide to have a kid together but have an open dating relationship. Some laughs and ... read moreso uncomfortable moments.
  • September 25, 2012
    A strong ensemble cast gives this Romantic Comedy - or whatever it is, it's marketed like a Rom-Com but then again, what isn't? - the stones required to take the risks it does, and overall it pays off. And though a lot of similar movies don't work for me - Beautiful Girls comes i... read moremmediately to mind - this film walks the line well, exploring an uncomfortable idea: that it's not actually possible to be a couple and be parents, you have to pick one. There isn't a lot of humour, but it's found in some dark places, and though it stays above the surface for the most part - flipping between five couples over the course of the film, it can't dig too deep - the writing is solid and the dialogue mercilessly cuts to the heart of the issues, and the film unflinchingly stares down the utter messiness of real life. I was especially impressed with the leads' performances, Adam Scott and writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt. I'm excited to see what she does next, especially if she can get a bigger budget; my one knock on the movie is that it looked a little too TV.

Critic Reviews

Cath Clarke
June 26, 2012
Cath Clarke, Time Out

It's safe to assume its sharp comments on what kids can do to marriage - and friendships - come from years of observation. Full Review

Dana Stevens
March 9, 2012
Dana Stevens, Slate

Pleasant but overfamiliar. Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
March 9, 2012
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

Sitcom-amusing, in that middle-of-the-road way. Full Review

Peter Rainer
March 9, 2012
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

It's the kind of cutesy idea that doesn't ring remotely true. Full Review

Richard Roeper
March 9, 2012
Richard Roeper, Richard

This is a sharp, funny, touching and utterly winning slice of New York. Full Review

Rafer Guzman
March 9, 2012
Rafer Guzman, Newsday

[A] crass, shallow cash-in. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
March 9, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Imagine - a romantic comedy that's actually both. It's been a long, long time. Full Review

Liam Lacey
March 9, 2012
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

Whom is this movie for, really? It's too tame for the whooping crowds of women who made hits of the Sex and the City movies and Bridesmaids. And for sure it isn't for parents with kids. Full Review

Connie Ogle
March 9, 2012
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

It's funny without being ridiculous, sweet without turning sentimental, even though it involves parenthood. Full Review

Elizabeth Weitzman
March 9, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

[Westfeldt] makes a promising directorial debut with this good-natured dramedy, boosted in large part by an outstanding ensemble. Full Review

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    • Ben: So why didn't you guys ever even try to get together?
    • Jason Fryman: It's too much familiarity. It's like she's one of my.
    • Jason Fryman: She over-French pronounces French words.
    • Mary Jane: F**k the s**t out of me!
    • Julie Keller: It feels like it's coming out of my ass!
    • Leslie: He's like an annoying dog... of a brother.
    • Jason Fryman: It's like... she's one of my limbs.

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