Sunday, March 18, 2012

Friends With Kids

In order to avoid the negative effect on romantic relationships that they have seen when their friends have had children, Jason and Julie decide to have a child together, remain friends and still be free to date. Writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt is endearing as Julie and Adam Scott somehow manages to make his honest womanizer charming. This is Westfeldt's third time writing and starring in one of her films and her first directorial effort.

The tight group of six friends is wonderfully rounded out by a mini reunion of Bridesmaids cast members, Maya Rudolph and Chris O'Dowd, and Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm (Hamm and Westfeldt have been together since the late 90s). We see the friends briefly before kids and the rest of the film takes place after kids.
This movie has many hysterical moments and lines of dialogue. Much of the scenarios are based in reality and the actually complications of real life -- uncomfortable tension between couples in social situations, people clearly unhappy and not knowing what to do or say. The premise and execution are possible because of the strong writing and excellent acting.

Maybe not a new favorite but definitely entertaining, some tears, lots of laughs.
Headed to Jeff Who Lives at Home later this evening.

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