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Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Jon Hamm join Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott in this hilarious ensemble comedy about a group of close friends whose lives change once they have kids. When the last two singles in the group (Westfeldt and Scott) decide to have a child together—but still date other people—their unconventional experiment leads everyone to question the nature of family, friendships, and true love in this laugh-filled film featuring Chris O'Dowd, Megan Fox, and Edward Burns.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 139
- Fresh: 92
- Rotten: 47
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: [A] crass, shallow cash-in.
Fresh: [Westfeldt] makes a promising directorial debut with this good-natured dramedy, boosted in large part by an outstanding ensemble.
Fresh: Imagine - a romantic comedy that's actually both. It's been a long, long time.
Fresh: This is a sharp, funny, touching and utterly winning slice of New York.
I was hoping to see a comedy. Didn't laugh once. The plot was so predictable and stupid. What a shame/ I was looking forward to seeing the actors/actresses from bridesmaids in another good movie
AN UNDERRATED ROM-COM
It's a shame that "Friends with Kids" wasn't a nationwide release during its theatrical run because it's actually a pretty well-made rom-com. It has a brilliant comedic ensemble cast, plenty of sharply-timed humor, and a surprisingly smart and poignant story. The movie is about a close-knit circle of friends whose lives change once they have kids. The last two singles in the group (Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott) notice the effect that kids have had on their friends' relationships and wonder if there's a better way to make it work. So they decide to have a child together - and date other people at the same time. Hilarity (and drama) ensues. Perhaps what I really liked about this film was that the acting felt natural and unscripted. The cast members shared great chemistry the entire time and never forced their humor onto the audience. Even Megan Fox (who isn't exactly the most skilled actress) gave an unexpectedly believable performance as a supporting love interest for Adam Scott's character. But it wasn't just the acting that impressed me. I also admired the dramatic aspects of the movie. There was one scene in particular that was so uncomfortable to watch that it practically had me cringing in my seat. As for the comedy portion, I'll admit it had its ups and downs (there were a few times where it felt like I was watching a TV sitcom on the big screen), but for the most part, I enjoyed the witty banter and the immaculate comic timing. Sure, the jokes may not have been laugh-out-loud funny, but they were still funny nonetheless. So overall, "Friends with Kids" is a pleasant little indie comedy with honest performances, vibrant humor, and a smartly written script. If you're a fan of adult-oriented rom-coms and haven't seen this movie already, I suggest renting it at least once.
I thought this would be a funny film with this great cast, but I don't think I laughed once. And it would have been an enjoyable dramedy without all the adolescent vulgarity. I kept wondering, "did these actors this this was a good idea when they were filming this scene?" It started to get a little better and I thought the film might redeem itself, but then the ending was absolutely crass.