I like the smell of Oscars in the morning... (by hans_brandt)
This is an example of what happens when someone releases untouched genius to the big screen. Odds are, though, that genius paved its way itself. I'm already eager to see what's to come out of West Point's pipeline next.Jennifer Westfeldt proved outstanding talent. Being producer, screen-writer, director and leading role is a job only the least can handle - if they are not to fail at all. The overall cast is also just perfect, even Megan Fox finally got a part that just seems to fit. Congratulations and deep respect to this piece of art.The story is as simple as the title, it's <more>
a glimpse at the most ordinary of lives. Two best friends, boy and girl, watch befriended couples having kids and that rather unfulfilling change related to that, regarding their individual lives. So our boy and girl decide to give it a try and make it somewhat better.There are not many movies out there serving as classic references for relationships, but this one might get a serious shot. Just like Harry and Sally, this one is set in New York and introduces a somewhat new and probably more honest way of conducting the adult tie.However, "Friends with Kids" manages to not confront the viewer with any idealism, it always keeps its feet on the ground, simply presenting normal folks who constantly try to make the best only to find themselves struggling for the most obvious values and feelings: love, family, home, and happiness.Each character develops in a way one cannot refuse to empathize with. Even as some minor acts only get a few scenes the viewer totally gets into them. Dialogues are rolled out in a way one gets the impression of being able to even follow the characters' thoughts. It's what we've seen, what we've been through, what we understand. And that's art."Friends with Kids" should not be considered a love movie or girl movie or the like. It's nothing like that greatly advertised romance stuff floating out of Hollywood in ever bigger lots for another Friday night at the movies. It's recommended to everyone having at least one person they call family. You won't regret it.Big hooray to the cast and an even bigger one to Jennifer Westfeldt's amazing effort. Let's hope it will be considered for some upcoming awards, because this one might stick for a longer while...
The Year's First Best Film & Comedy so far ; echoes of Allen, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY... & THE FOUR SEASONS; fantastic ensemble and Oscar-worthy turn by Scott (by george.schmidt)
FRIENDS WITH KIDS 2012 **** Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Jon Hamm, Krisen Wiig, Megan Fox, Edward Burns, Lee Bryant, Cotter Smith, Kelly Bishop. Funny, witty, sexy and – finally – adult – comedy about a group of friends coupled for the most part and focusing on the give-and-tug best friends symbiosis of Westfeldt who wrote the winning screenplay and also skillfully directed and Scott arguably his best work and giving Paul Rudd a run for his money of my non-homosexual bromance with who decide to skip the 'tragedy of their marriage' i.e. <more>
all the bad parts and dive in to have a child together with decidedly mixed results – namely they are the perfect couple whose blinders-on are driving their other friends crazy. Superb ensemble – mostly collected while working on BRIDESMAIDS together – add enough snap and crackle to the one-liner laden script with panache and make the dramatic moments all that more powerful witness for my money an Oscar-worthy –yes Oscar-worthy turn by Scott as the serial dater/womanizer with a heart of gold who gives an amazing speech about how he really feels for Westfeldt that actually had me applaud after! He's THAT good! Echoes of Woody Allen, Rob Reiner's WHEN HARRY MET SALLY and Alan Alda's couples comedy THE FOUR SEASONS only show to steal from the best! The Best Comedy and Film so far of the Year.
This movie is delightful. Well acted, well directed and pretty funny... simply because there is so much truth in it. I loved it. I think it plays to a pretty specific demographic. If you are in this phase of life you'll really enjoy it. There were moments that I thought "Wow, that is my life/the life of my friends." Being a young adult who is single, the "Bobby" of company if you will, this movie just spoke to me.I think Kristen Wiig is hilarious. I love her on SNL and Bridesmaids. But I've never seen her do something quite this serious. It was refreshing and she <more>
pulled it off nicely.The whole cast is wonderful. It is pretty much the cast of bridesmaids but that itself is a reason to see the movie.
Finally an updated romantic comedy for the current generation (by mybruthajim)
This movie has the same romantic storyline that many other movies have BUT the character situations are very updated to a much more modern progressive couple status. It is very honest in male/female human nature, which makes the viewer connect with the movie within a few minutes.I hate storyline spoilers, so I wont put any in my review. But I will have to say that the wit exchanges between Jason and Julie and the rest of the characters are fantastically fresh. I get so sick of romantic comedies NOT being funny, but Friends with Kids is full of hilarious banter and sarcasm. Great cast, great <more>
dialog and a very modern perspective make this a very entertaining film!
Hitting the nail on the head - for me anyway (by obijazz)
As with any film, we bring to it as much as we take away, so I'm guessing this is why I thought Friends with Kids was a beautifully written and executed tale of modern love, friendship and family, whereas many people it seems , thought otherwise. To set the scene of my particular disposition, I'm in my late 30's, female, I don't want children, have many friends with them and see only stress and unhappiness when I'm around them. So the opening 45 minutes was pretty must grist to my particular mill. And then, three lovely moments were subtly conveyed in the remainder of the <more>
film, there were no fanfares, or big shiny signposts, which made it all the better. I'm not going to say what they are, dare you to find them for yourselves. All I can say is, for me, the film got love just right and actually made me slightly very very slightly broody. This is the kind of film which I think is rarely done well, and whilst there's always room for Sci-fi, thriller and horror in my world at least , a well observed, funny and moving commentary on the human state that you can relate to is what I think filmmakers should be most proud to do. It makes you think, it makes you feel part of something more.
Authenticity and maturity to a dramatic romantic comedy (by napierslogs)
"Friends with Kids" is the long-awaited third feature written by, directed by, produced by and starring Jennifer Westfeldt. 10 years ago she came out with the charming, witty and somewhat original romantic comedy "Kissing Jessica Stein" and then 5 years later followed that up with the charming, witty and somewhat original romantic comedy "Ira & Abby". I loved all three."Kissing Jessica Stein" and "Ira & Abby" both featured a new approach to finding love. One was more down to Earth than the other, but they had the same thoughts and <more>
feelings that we all have every day expressed in a heartfelt, exploratory way. Now that we are all older, "Friends with Kids" approaches that next stage of life in a novel way.Jason Adam Scott and Julie Jennifer Westfeldt are lifelong friends who haven't found the "one" yet. Their friends are married with kids. They realize that they both want kids, just not the way their friends did it since they are miserable.Jason and Julie ignore what society tells us to and come up with their own plan. The first point in this subtle, but genius, writing is that they are not purposely anti-society. They are not like non-conformists thinking that they are better than everybody else; they're just doing the best they can to be happy in their own life.The cheap baby humour is in part kept to a minimum. And I did find myself laughing a fair bit during the opening third of the film. Westfeldt has done the awkward first date sequences before, but it's always a joy watching Scott play the overly-confident bed hopper.The second point in this subtle, but genius writing, is how well Scott and Westfeldt's characters were portrayed to us. I didn't even realize how much I loved both of them until we entered the second third of the film and sympathies started shifting. I cared about both Jason and Julie and when they started wanting different things, I was completely torn. The film's writing has such an affecting articulation that it connects on a very personal level, and emotions come out in a very real way.Most people love the casting because it reunites a handful of "Bridesmaids" actors, but the best part to me was Edward Burns playing the "perfect" boyfriend. Because I agree, if there was such thing, he would probably be perfect."Friends with Kids" might be more mature on the surface, but the "Bridesmaids"-styled humour brings that down a notch. However, when we get to the heart of the film, it is way more dramatic than it is funny, and more honest and genuine than most things in our life.
In 2011, we were faced with two films asking whether or not it was possible for two people to casually have sex and unintentionally fall in love with one another. In 2012, we are presented with, from what I can see, one film that asks a more debatable and better question; is it possible for two people that are vaguely attracted to one another to have a baby, and while raising it, make efforts to meet and see other people? I'll be completely honest and say I could not and would not ever want to do this, although the idea, when put on the table, immediately sparked my interest. Not only <more>
does the idea of having kids disinterest me completely at this point in time, but I find that plan sort of selfish and unfair on both the parents and the child. If the parents seek out relationships with other people, the inevitability of it all will be that one or both of the parents will become so caught up in the new relationship that they will dump the baby on the other person. And unfair for the child, because every baby deserves a prominent mom and dad figure in their life.Friends With Kids asks this question, using two couples and two very close friends as the subjects. The two friends are Jason Adam Scott and Julie Jennifer Westfeldt, who serves as the writer, one of the six producers, and director , who have been the kind of people who are truly meant for each other, but neither one will wake up and realize it. Their friends are the collective Alex and Leslie Chris O'Dowd and Maya Rudolph and the intimate sex-hounds Ben and Missy Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig, all four are Bridesmaids alumni . The film opens with them childless, happy, and even more ecstatic once Leslie announces that she will be having a baby at dinner at a luxurious New York restaurant.Four years later, the two couples have children and their marriages lack the intimacy and cheeriness they once bubbled with. The only two that still seem remotely happy are Jason and Julie, who both remain single and childless. After a disastrous party for Jason, the two talk over the idea of having children, something Julie has wanted for a while seeing as she is older than Jason. Jason and Julie figure that if they have a baby together and then proceed to move forward by dating other people, yet still taking care of the kid, their relationship as friends will not suffer.They decide to do this on a whim and out of convenience, and nine months later, they have a child. Now here comes the inevitable part; they must support it yet are trying to seek out new people to date as well. Jason falls lust at first sight when he meets the offbeat and attractive Megan Fox's Mary Jane, and Julie can't seem to take her eyes off the rather cliché everyman, Kurt Edward Burns .Their friends are concerned for their behavior, mainly because they believe the having-a-child-without-plans-to-marry setup was an impulsive and foolish decision on their part. One area Friends With Kids absolutely wins at is its ability to have believable, real-life conversations that are projected through a mature, human scope. One of the most heartbreaking scenes involves Jason, a rather self-absorbed, egotistical character, confessing to Julie why they could never be together. This scene doesn't pull any punches. It genuinely makes its audience wince. No sight gags or one-liners involved.Another perfect scene involved Jon Hamm's Ben lecturing Jason on why having a kid was a stupid idea on his part, and how the kid may grow up to be confused and troubled by not having two firm parental figures in his life. These are the scenes that create great humanity and drama between the characters, in an non-contrived, believable manner.Friends With Kids feels like an exercise in Woody Allen-esque filmmaking, right down to the intellectual characters and the subtle character the state of New York plays. It's charming, often quite poignant, and perhaps offers some keen insights about the idea of raising children that is often forgone in many modern romantic comedies. It's endearing and reassuring to see a picture so true to its "romantic comedy" title.Starring: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Chris O'Dowd, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, and Jon Hamm. Directed by: Jennifer Westfeldt.
This is a fresh look at how kids change marriages and friendships. It's also an interesting look at the transition from friendship to love. Jennifer Westfeldt wrote and directed this comedy. Liked her sweet character and her relationship with Adam Scott is qutie touching.The cast is well chosen and suit their parts. Megan Fox is a scene stealer.The dialog is amusing throughout and quite witty if not laugh out loud funny.The characters are human and quite multi dimensional.Good job Jennifer!
The Source of All Passion (by revjht)
While Jennifer Westfeldt's script for "Friends With Kids" doesn't give him many lines, little Joe, nearly two years old by the end of the story, gives an explosive performance. There's a de rigueur diarrhea incident, of course. But he's a massive character for another reason. His gravitational pull on parents Jason and Julie Adam Scott and Westfeldt, who also directed the movie and gives an easy, believable, and deeply moving performance , is irresistible. Jason proudly proclaims his and Julie's aversion to organized religion. In the opening scene, we see a copy <more>
of Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion" next to his bed. But when it comes to marriage, at least insofar as the sacramental notion of families being one flesh is concerned, "Friends With Kids" is as traditional as Gen. 2.Buddies since college who claim they're not attracted to each other, Jason and Julie become brave domestic reformers. They observe that the sex lives of their married friends deteriorate after they have kids. So they decide they can leapfrog the dictates of natural and family law by having a baby, parenting as friends without putting anything in writing, and then finding partners whom they love and will have spared the rigors of early childhood. No, they don't really think it through.Before cheerful little Joe drags them back into the prevailing paradigm of familial enslavement, one couple in their circle, Alex and Leslie beautifully played by Chris O'Dowd and Maya Rudolph , makes it through the fire swamp of child-rearing, while Missy and Ben Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm don't. Many of these players are from "Bridesmaids," and I expected Wiig's to be a comic performance instead of a finely-etched tragic one. Hamm is outstanding as well, his despair and frustration seeming to totter on the edge of violence. Their marriage explodes in a merciless scene that occurs over a New Year's Eve dinner shades of "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?" . Jason and Julie have dragged along their current partners, played by Megan Fox and Edward Burns, who look great on paper and screen but whose long-term prospects are, one always senses and especially so at the New Year's dinner, poor. The writing's already on the nursery wall, where a sign reads "Joe." After all, Jason and Julie begin with the deeply traditional idea that creating and rearing children are imperatives of human relationship. They live in apartments a few floors away and cheerfully share duties and expenses. A few months after Joe's birth, their married friends arrive for a party, expecting the experiment to have dissolved into chaos. Instead, Julie's apartment is perfect. She and Jason are cheerful and attentive to each other and their guests. She sees to the quiche while he goes to change a diaper. The marrieds are slack-jawed as a perfect afternoon unfolds right out of the pages of "Real Simple." But Julie and Jason aren't succeeding because they're unmarried. Married people can act like that, too. All people can. They're succeeding because they're serving and supporting one another in a good purpose, aka our relentless buddy Joe, which ends up being the source of their and all enduring passion.