‘Friends with Kids’ Movie Review – Can Two Friends Really Raise A Kid Together?
So I loved Kissing Jessica Stein (written and co-produced by Jennifer Westfeldt), although to be honest I don’t really remember much about it, but I do remember really enjoying it. Now Jennifer Westfeldt is back with a new film, Friends with Kids that she not only wrote, but directed and produced as well, and I was excited to watch it. The good news is, she won me over once again.
The film follows a group of friends and the effect having kids has on them. But wait there’s a twist. While two of the couple friends have kids the “regular” way, best friends Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Westfeldt) decide to have a kid together and share the task of raising him 50/50 each while still being able to date other people. Sounds genius right? Well, that’s what Friends with Kids tries to answer.
I had a feeling I was going to like Friends with Kids. It’s the type of film I tend to enjoy, so it’s no surprise I really, really, really liked it. Westfeldt has crafted an engaging story that explores interesting questions about parenthood. And to bring it to life she assembled a great cast including Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox, and Edward Burns.
The dialogue is witty, it’s relatable and even though there might be a few cliched moments, they were set up in such a great way that it didn’t matter.
Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt are brilliant each in their own right, but also together as this unconventional couple raising a kid together. The film relies a lot on their chemistry and it’s definitely there.
The talented supporting cast that I mentioned above is also put to use. While they are not the focus of the story, Westfeldt found a way to define each one of them and make them ring true. I think one of my favorite scenes of the film was an argument between the characters of Adam Scott and Jon Hamm. It felt so real that you as the audience felt the same awkwardness as the rest of the characters witnessing the argument.
This movie really proves how talented Westfeldt is and I cannot wait to see her next film.
So if you enjoy independent films with witty dialogue, interesting characters, good performances and a bit of romance, then Friends with Kids is just what you need this weekend.
Friends with Kids hits limited theaters today, so make sure to check it out. You can also watch the trailer for the film here if you haven’t yet.
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