Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox, Kelly Bishop, Edward Burns
Written By: Jennifer Westfeldt
Directed By: Jennifer Westfeldt
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Friends with Kids is a romantic comedy with an awesome ensemble cast that is sweet and funny. It will also make you rethink whether or not you want kids at all. Or maybe that’s just what I’m thinking.
The movie is about a close knit group of friends whose lives change forever when they decide to have kids. The main characters Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) are best friends who never hooked up romantically but live in the same building. Things change in the group when 2 other couples in their group end up having kids. Julie and Jason make a pack after visiting the married couples that should have a kid, but without being a couple. Things go well for awhile but then the inevitable happens and they start to fall for each other. Then things get really complicated!
Friends with Kids was a nice surprise in that it offered up a lot of laughs about dating, relationships, children and parenting. It’s done in an indie rom-com/Woody Allen sort of way. I don’t think everyone will like this movie. Some might find it insulting on the way some parents are portrayed. As someone who doesn’t have kids yet, I still found this movie to be very funny. The cast is great and I thought the writing was funny. I don’t think this has really been done yet but did remind me of Knocked Up or No Strings Attach, only with a kid. Although this is ten times better than No Strings Attached.
What I like about the movie is how it shows you a few different ways that people raise their kids and how children affect the marriage. Sometime it helps it out, other times it makes it crumble. I liked jokes about trying to get to Brooklyn, and the scene where Jason and Julie’s kid gets explosive diarrhea was particularly frightening. If there is ever a scene to show a couple wanting to have children, that would be it!
The Blu-Ray special features include audio commentary with real-life couple Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm, and William Rexer. There’s behind the scenes featurettes, some bloopers and ad-libbing, and some optional commentaries.
Friends with Kids isn’t for everyone but I quite enjoyed it. I think it offers up a little bit of realistic look at how kids can change people or couples. The movie is available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and VOD. Check it out if this sounds like something you’d like.
Audio Commentary With Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm and William Rexer
Making Friends With Kids
Fun With Actors And Kids (Ad-Libs and Bloopers)
MJ Rocks At Video Games With Optional Commentary
Scene 43: Anatomy of a Gag With Optional Commentary
Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
Widescreen 1.78:1 Color
ENGLISH: DTS-HD MA 5.1
Bottom Line: A funny and sweet indie rom-com with a great ensemble cast
Running Time: 107 mins