Friends With Kids


2012

Friends With Kids (2012)

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Critic Consensus: 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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All Critics (148) | Top Critics (41)

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

Jun 26, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Pleasant but overfamiliar.

Mar 9, 2012 | Full Review…
Slate
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Sitcom-amusing, in that middle-of-the-road way.

Mar 9, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Mar 9, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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

Mar 9, 2012 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

[A] crass, shallow cash-in.

Mar 9, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
Newsday
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½

It is frustrating to see this intriguing idea and a smart first half lead to a predictable and moralizing message about love and the "importance of family" when it comes to having kids - something so clichéd that it bogs down the whole potential of its premise.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 Shen
Alice Shen

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½

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 ALERT) is that these romcoms could subconsciously convince previously-sensible people to wait around for playaz to come to maturity or come to their senses.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

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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 Hunter
Jim Hunter

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