Friends with Kids

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Friends with Kids
Jon Hamm often gets a grilling about not having kids (what, with his genes!). This spiky NY relationship comedy is written and directed by his girlfriend of 14 years, Jennifer Westfeldt. And it’s safe to assume its sharp comments on what kids can do to marriage – and friendships – come from years of observation. Westfeldt stars as Julie, a singleton who feels cut off from her gang. They’ve all decamped to Brooklyn to have kids and become mean, angry people with no lives. That leaves Julie and friend Jason (Adam Scott) sipping cocktails in Manhattan. The pair cook up a plan: babies are fine, but marriage, no thanks. They’ll have a kid and raise it as friends. Purely platonic, no benefits… you can see where this is headed. The rest of the cast is a ‘Bridesmaids’ reunion, with Hamm and Kristen Wiig as a toxic couple whose once smokin’ relationship is now a car crash. Right about here Westfeldt shifts tone from prickly and insightful to date-movie feelgood, cruising towards a happy ending you can see from miles off.

By: Cath Clarke


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday June 29 2012
Duration: 107 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jennifer Westfeldt
Screenwriter: Jennifer Westfeldt
Cast: Jennifer Westfeldt
Adam Scott
Jon Hamm
Kristen Wiig
Maya Rudolph
Chris O'Dowd
Megan Fox

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Justin Berkovi

I loved this film. If you've a soft spot for New York romcoms and you have kids then you'll probably really enjoy it. If you don't have kids then it really might not work for you at all. There are some very great performances from the cast and some really hilarious moments. Unfortunately where the film falls down is actually with the director's casting of herself. Whilst coming across well in her most vulnerable moments, her 'happy' spells and banter with her 'best' friend come across as incredibly forced and she isn't warm or 'real' enough to work the comedy lines. However as a lighthearted and often poignant fun couple of hours this was an enjoyable film. The photography was also beautiful, subtle and full of vibrant colours.


Movie is totally dehumanized and in range with Transformers 3 when it comes to that. On top of that all characters are very dull with nothing interesting or not to mention smart to say especially main actress on which you can see that she went on a lot of plastic surgeries and botox injections - and how do you take people like that seriously? It's really one of those movies you regret seeing.

john o sullivan

A film so bad i googled EST to see if i can get this done privately to permanently erase the memory of this witless crap.. should be renamed THE vagina monologue


In the week that Nora Ephron passed away we see the release of another When Harry Met Sally clone right down to the New York christmas scenes and the waring couples. Sadly this is where the resemblance ends. We are left with what is barely an adequate film that relies too much on swearing and sex for its humour. Its not very funny and certainly isn't a date movie either. The ending is very cliched and seeks to copy the ending of Ephron's film with the return to tell the woman what he really feels. Even that isn't romantic more of an invitation to hump each other. All in all a disappointment.