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Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Jon Hamm star alongside Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott in is a daring and hilarious ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends whose lives change once they have kids. The last two singles in the group (Westfeldt and Scott) observe the effect that kids have had on their friends' relationships and wonder if there's a better way to make it work. When they decide to have a child together - and date other people, their unconventional 'experiment' leads everyone in the group to question the nature of friendship, family and, above all, true love. Also starring Chris O'Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns, Friends With Kids delivers the laughs and the heart from beginning to end!

Hitching an agreeable ride on the long coattails (or maybe gown trains) of Bridesmaids, Friends with Kids isn't in the same category of grown-up raunch, but it does occupy a similar realm of grown-up comedy about the contemporary late-30s crowd facing serious relationship issues with intelligence and aplomb. It's also a stroke of good fortune that Friends with Kids features a hefty portion of the same cast that made Bridesmaids such a hit. The stars of Friends with Kids are Jennifer Westfeldt (who also wrote and directed) and Adam Scott as Julie and Jason, BFFs who are strictly platonic but decide to have a child together out of mutual need, convenience, and familiarity. Their married friends have all brought kids into the world with mixed results, and they feel a little left out. Neither wants the burden of marriage and both profess to have no romantic inclination toward the other, even though it's pretty clear from the first scenes that the script is heading for a very predictable romantic conclusion. That's no spoiler, and it's also no sappy or formulaic rom-com equation. Julie and Jason make a successful go of co-raising their adorable little boy, sharing care and feeding duties from the safety of their individual upscale New York apartments that are on different floors of the same building. Concurrently with their parenting, each one is also playing the same old dating game that ranges from simple hookups to what looks like true love when Julie meets Kurt (Edward Burns) and Jason meets Mary Jane (Megan Fox). That's when the emotions start getting complicated and both realize that they may not have thought through their child-rearing plan or their honest feelings for each other thoroughly enough. Their married friends Ben and Missy and Alex and Leslie are played by Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Chris O'Dowd, and Maya Rudolph, who were part of the outstanding core cast of Bridesmaids. The entire ensemble in Friends with Kids is also pretty terrific in conveying a sense of how life and relationships change with time (and with kids). Alex and Leslie become stronger because of kids, Ben and Missy are torn apart, and Julie and Jason fall somewhere in between. Westfeldt's script and direction give a fairly New York-centric view of dating and relationships, which may grate on some people's nerves (movie New Yorkers can often seem like stereotypical snooty jerks). The movie doesn't always come across as unique from a stylistic perspective, and Westfeldt often steps into Woody Allen territory in her portrayal of New York neuroses. But she also brings her own gracefully original touch to the unfolding emotions. The dialogue is sharp and the comic sheen often belies a genuinely moving dramatic core. Even if it's sometimes hard to relate to these privileged, beautiful New York people whose only problems stem from their love life, Friends with Kids carries an honest heart of humor and modern romantic clout. --Ted Fry

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  • Actors: Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott
  • Directors: Jennifer Westfeldt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (748 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007L6VMDK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,690 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Friends With Kids" on IMDb

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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75 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on July 28, 2012
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I never write reviews. But I felt the need to defend this one because it's REALLY REALLY GOOD. Jennifer Westfeldt is wonderful. Adam Scott too. The supporting cast manages to pull off rich, 3-dimensional characters with little screen time because all characters are well-drawn and well-cast.

Think "When Harry Met Sally." There is no fake orgasm scene, but you do drop in and out of these people's lives as they inch closer toward each other and further away. Toward the end, I half expected Billy Crystal to show up and say "I came here tonight because when you realize that you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."

It might not be what people are used to in terms of a "romantic comedy" (or what passes for one today). Instead, it's engaging and true-to-life. I smiled more than I laughed, but I smiled a lot.
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81 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas McWhirter on January 2, 2013
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I really tried to like this movie. It seemed to have the potential to win me over and I thought that in the last 5 minutes it was going to successfully warm my heart. As it turned out, the last 1 minute put such a rotten taste in my mouth that I wish that I could have those entire 108 minutes of my life back.

First off, I must disclaim that I am not a prude. I am a progressive man who understands that we live in modern times and I find validity in all sorts of relationship variants, family structure types, and believe that they all carry currency and have the potential to provide a meaningful, satisfactory life. With all that said, I must admit: this movie really disappointed me.

The entire premise of the film is superficial and the male main character, Jason (Adam Scott), is particularly irritatingly hollow. His world is viewed only through the lens of his sexual conquests. I found it totally uninteresting and certainly not worth the time spent on screen exploring this one-dimensional worldview. Next, the movie does everything in its power to create an awkward tension between Jason and Julie throughout the ENTIRE film, and then we are left to imagine it all working out in the last few moments that this tension magically resolves and they live happily ever after? Great care was taken to paint a realistic picture of parenthood (albeit, quite stereotypical, to be fair), a realistic view of the complexity of long term friendships between couples, and then, in the final moments of the film, we're delivered a COMPLETELY fake and forced resolution.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By ean n hernandez on August 14, 2012
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I thought this might be a fun movie about the changes people go through when they become parents. It was funny from time to time, and did show how parenting wears on people, but the part that sticks with me is what a bunch of self absorbed jerks the characters are. That and what must be one of _the_ stupidest romantic exchanges in cinematic history: "I'm gonna f___ the sh__ out of you"... "OK f___ the sh__ out of me". This is what you say to someone you just realized is your soul mate? This might be where I got too old and out of touch to understand popular culture.
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful By David Ljunggren on September 10, 2012
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Within two minutes of this crass, vulgar so-called comedy, one of the supposedly charming male leads tells a female friend over the phone that she needs to get the cobwebs out of her vagina. Less than 10 minutes in, he's telling her men worry about their partners having a baby because they fret the mother's vaginas will become cavernous and therefore she won't be attractive. And click went the off button. I've seen my wife struggle at times to deal with almost casual sexism that can damage a career, I watch with alarm as my teenage daughter navigates a modern culture where some players seem to delight in putting down women, and Friends with Kids is just continuing that trend. Shame on everyone involved in this pile of ordure.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By EAlves on April 20, 2013
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I cannot believe how awful this film was. Jennifer Westfeldt's real-life partner, Jon Hamm, must have called in a ton of favors both with his former co-stars Wiig, Rudolph and O'Dowd and the studio to see this project come to fruition.
Where to begin? Westfeldt is a terrible actress, as evidenced by her "work" in the mediocre "Kissing Jessica Stein." Why, oh why, does she insist on handing lead roles to herself? Oh, I know - probably because she would never, EVER get cast otherwise. In addition to her terrible acting, Westfeldt has clearly had some pretty awful plastic surgery on her face; something that has resulted in her absolute inability to show emotion at all (as well as resulted in recurring nightmares for me.)
Poor Adam Scott, who I usually like, has zero chemistry with Westfeldt (see: comments on plastic surgery above for partial explanation) and seems to be pretty lost throughout the entire film.
The rest of the co-stars also seem lost, bored and/or embarrassed; Wiig is tragically underused, especially. I guess I would attribute all of this to Westfeldt's poor directing.
The story and writing are mediocre, and the ending is both predictable and forced.
All in all, if I could give this film zero stars, I would. It's just a bad film, through and through. I hope Jennifer Westfeldt can now admit to herself that maybe it's time to try her hand at something else...ANYTHING ELSE...PLEASE!! It's pathetic to use your partner's success in order to try to become successful yourself in a field in which you have no talent.
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