Saturday, March 10, 2012

Friends With Kids

Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott) are best friends who live in the same apartment building - they know everything about each other, and enjoy discussing "would you rather" scenarios concerning death.  They are at that age where all of their friends are having kids, and Julie and Jason see the havoc that having kids wreaks on their friends' romantic relationships.  Undeterred by the fact that they are not attracted to each other, Julie and Jason decide that they should have a kid together, share custody, and each continue their search for "the one."  At first, the arrangement works swimmingly.  Julie and Jason co-parent effectively and easily.  But then Jason starts dating a hot young dancer (Megan Fox), and Julie eventually becomes involved with a seemingly perfect divorced dad (Ed Burns).  Julie and Jason both become confused as to whom, and what, they really want.

While the procreation part was a new twist on a classic theme, the rest of the movie followed the romantic comedy formula to a T - attractive but not *too* attractive male and female leads who get along great yet are "not attracted to each other" date other people but then realize that they are meant for each other...with dick and poop jokes thrown in for good measure.

Despite being somewhat formulaic, I liked Friends With Kids.  I pretty much loved the entire cast, perhaps excluding Megan Fox.  As my husband pointed out, if the two of us could build a movie cast, it would look a lot like this one.  Jennifer Westfeldt plays her typical quirky, nervous, self-deprecating role, which I happen to love.  Maya Rudolph and Chris O'Dowd (the cute Irish cop from Bridesmaids) are great as Leslie and Alex, a harried yet loving couple whose relationship is strained with the onset of their children.  Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm didn't have too much screen time, but both were perfect in their parts as a formerly free-spirited couple who unravel at the seams once they have a baby.

All in all, an enjoyable and funny story with a fabulous cast.  I am already looking forward to this coming out on TV so I can watch it over and over again in bits and pieces.  7.5 out of 10.

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