Conclusion: When it comes to romantic comedies, I have to get past the fact that there are no real surprises. They all seem to follow the same formula, but some, like Friends with Kids throw in as many unique elements as they can.
Conclusion: Give Friends with Kids credit for being an adult comedy with real world relevance, but not too much credit, because it ends up being as stupid and predictable as any romantic comedy. Despite a solid premise, Jennifer Westfeldt's film is abrasive and underwhelming.
Excerpt: The Film From the looks of the Blu-ray cover, Friends with Kids is a bit of a Bridemaids reunion. The film has Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm and Chris O'Dowd all above the film's title. That said, none of these well-known actors are main characters.
Excerpt: Friends with Kids is smarter than the status quo up until the final five minutes. That’s when Jason (Adam Scott) turns his car around in busy New York traffic to speed over to Julie’s (Jennifer Westfeldt) apartment for the predictable, cliché close.
Summary: Friends with Kids wants to be smarter and more grown-up than the average relationship comedy. Though the movie boasts a strong cast, a promising start and some standout moments, that’s all they wind up being: moments.
Conclusion: Jennifer Westfeldt's 'Friends with Kids,' is a surprisingly affecting and insightful romantic dramedy. Certain aspects of the premise are a little uninspired, but the filmmakers and cast do a great job of fostering a sincere (though not totally original) voice.
Excerpt: While most friends are quite close, this group is closer than most, even sharing the same apartment building. As friends sometimes do, they tend to compare lives with each other. This is normally harmless, but when Leslie (Maya Rudolph) and Alex (Chris O’Dowd) announce they’re expecting a child, it...
Excerpt: Writer, director and star Jennifer Westfeldt has done something quite special with Friends With Kids . While many multi-tonal films suffer from imbalance as one genre takes over the other, Westfeldt’s movie is the perfect blend of laughs and drama, anchored by some terrific performances and a solid...