Friday, March 9, 2012

Movie review: Friends With Kids

On Wednesday night, my friend and I had the chance to attend a screening of a new movie (opening today, March 9th) called Friends With Kids. In case you haven't heard about this movie, here's the scoop:

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.

Jennifer Westfeldt wrote, directed, and stars in the romantic comedy Friends with Kids. She plays Julie, a Manhattanite whose biological clock is about to run out, so she convinces her longtime platonic best friend, Jason (Adam Scott) to father a child with her. They seem to have a much easier time juggling the responsibilities of new parenthood without the complication of being in a relationship with each other, which is in contrast to the two couples they are closest to. As their friends' marriages implode, Julie and Jason's happy equilibrium topples over as well when he falls for a hot young artist (Megan Fox) and she begins dating a successful businessman (Edward Burns).

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.

Friends With Kids stars Adam Scott ("Parks and Recreation"), Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns.  
Written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein).  
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will release Friends With Kids on March 9, 2012.
When my friend and I walked out of the movie, I asked her what she thought, and she responded by saying "sad, sweet, funny, emotional, discouraging, entertaining".  Later she sent me a text message that said "reminded me of When Harry Met Sally".  I wholeheartedly concur with her opinions- this is a very entertaining movie that takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride. There are lots of funny moments, there are several heartbreaking and intense moments, and there are lots of things in the movie that make you think about parenting and marriage and how life changes when the little ones come along.

I enjoyed getting the chance to see both Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt step out of the background and shine as the leads in this movie and I thought they did a great job.  My favorite characters though, were the ones played by Maya Rudolph and Chris O'Dowd. Their portrayal of a stressed out but still loving couple with small kids was so very realistic and funny at the same time. And Kristin Wiig and Jon Hamm are heartbreaking as a couple who doesn't transition well into the world of having kids.  Nice acting from everyone, in my opinion.

This is definitely an R-rated movie- as there is a lot of use of the f-word and other swear words. There is also one scene where characters watch porn and what they are watching is visible several times.  So if you're not an R-rated movie person, you'll want to pass this one up. The movie is slightly under two hours, and I thought it moved quickly as we followed the lives of the characters and wondered how things would ever work out in the end. 

All in all, I liked this movie and was happy to have gotten the chance to see it! I will definitely be renting it to see with my husband when it comes to DVD. Friends With Kids opened today- be sure to check it out!

Disclosure: I received admission to a screening of this movie for myself and my friend. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.