June 1, 2013

Friends With Kids...



Between airplanes and video-on-demand I love catching up on big movies I missed, bad movies I didn't want to pay to see but really want to see, and little movies that came and went quickly ... like Friends With Kids, the 2011 comedy drama about best friends who decide to have a child together, mostly because their friends are all having kids.

While yes I have friends with kids, I don't aspire to have kids, so that sets me apart from the lead characters in Friends With Kids, platonic friends played by Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt.


Most of this cast is a Bridesmaids reunion, and while this flick doesn't have the shock or raunch of that one, is does have the funny, and a sweetness as well.

Thirty-something Julie and Jason have been best friends for years with no romantic interest in each other. He sleeps with someone new every few days, and she's looking for Mr. Right. As they see their friends' lives overtaken by their own young families, Julie and Jason vow they will be different --- they decide to have a child together, share in child rearing, but pursue their own romantic lives.  

Julie wants a baby and a co-parent but not a marriage, so Jason wonders if she wants to be divorced with a child before meeting the man of her dreams... then he volunteers to be the dad; as Jason says to Julie, they are "totally not attracted to each other" and "she doesn't have a lot of time to waste... so why not pop one out and then get looking for your guy?"

Things go well until he meets Megan Fox and she meets Edward Burns. Both seem like perfect mates... and yet jealousies flare up, and we all sort of know where this is going, don't we...?

Friends With Kids is an entertaining  romantic comedy, with some really funny and touching moments.

There is nothing really new or surprising here, and sure the writer (actress Westfeldt) has probably watched Annie Hall and Sex and the City a bit too often, but I enjoyed this one... check it out on a TV or airplane near you!