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April 18, 2013

Date Night Movie Review: Friends with Kids


Looking for a fun, witty, and honest rom/com to cuddle up with this weekend? Consider moving Friends with Kids to the top of your queue. This fun feature is loaded with a great cast who shares hilarious and believable chemistry with one another. The relationships don’t feel contrived; they evolve naturally in a way that almost any viewer will be able to relate.

The cast is full of veteran performers. Adam Scott (Jason Fryman) and Jennifer Westfeldt (Julie Keller) feature as two eternal friends who never fail in their support for one another. Jon Hamm (Ben) and Kristen Wiig (Missy) open as the couple that cannot go half a day without sneaking away to be alone with each other, and Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd (Leslie and Alex) the happily married couple that present the first twist in the movie by announcing their new pregnancy. Friends with Kids also features fun performances by Megan Fox (Mary Jane) and Edward Burns as Kurt.

Life changes for the couples as their children are born and grow in age. Jason and Julie watch their friends become tired, disgruntled, and mean. The two life long friends devise a plan in response to the strong desire to have children, but the aversion they feel to becoming shells of their fun selves.
What proceeds becomes less comedic and more dramatic. The plot halts at one moment for a very candid introspection on dating, love, marriage, and raising children, but the film never dulls are becomes less satisfying. The story is believable, especially in this culturally progressive age of our society. Viewers will laugh, cringe, want to cry, and hope the best for the characters that Friends with Kids creates so much empathy for.

An excellent film with many beautiful and well-trained performers, the comedy is on time, and the drama feels realistic. One of the most mature rom/coms I recall seeing. 3.9 out of 5

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About the Author

JP Miller
JP is currently a student at The Second City in Chicago. He graduated from Texas A & M with a degree in Applied Arts & Sciences and enjoys writing about love and relationships in the 21st century.

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