Friends with Kids is an above average, enjoyable Rom-Com, with both dramatic elements and a little raunchy humor. To translate that, I mean that it’s got a little of the humor that you see in a movie like Knocked Up, but also the smart dialogue and deeper plotline that you get in say Crazy Stupid Love. All this is wrapped up in a New York-style package and includes a really great cast: Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Jon Hamm (are you listening Mad Men lovers?), Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids fans, anyone?), Edward Burns, and Megan Fox.
The plotline is fairly simple: Two “just good” friends, Julie played by Westfeldt, and Jason played by Scott, love kids, see their close friends all having kids, and decide to become parents of a kid while remaining platonic and unmarried. This arrangement could allow them to date other people and perhaps not fall prey to the death of romance that couples often experience after becoming parents. So of course we have to see Maya Rudolph covered in spit-up, in case we should miss how previously sexy women might morph into unsexy moms. Despite heavy-handed moments like this, the movie is generally in a good relationship with the subject matter. Julie and Jason’s story is central to the story, and the viewer definitely has to suspend belief when Jason insists that he is not whatsoever attracted to the quite attractive Julie. But some suspension of disbelief is often in the bargain for Rom-Coms, and I happily submitted.
Friends with Kids is Jennifer Westfeldt’s third screenwriting effort. Her previous films, Kissing Jessica Stein and Abby and Ira, were both well-written and fun to watch. Here is her directorial debut, and how ambitious to write, direct, and star (alongside her husband Jon Hamm) in the film. She really pulls it off quite nicely, and for those looking for relatively light fare, with a little requisite substance, Friends with Kids is a good choice. Happy viewing. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
DVD Release Date: 7/17/12