Friends with Kids

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5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 66 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 26 out of 66
  2. Negative: 11 out of 66

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  1. Mar 13, 2012
    6
    Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt (who also wrote and directed) are the last singles in their circle of married friends. After the others all have kids, they decide to split one, but maintain their single status and platonic friendship. Predictability ensues. While there's an energetic pace and a quality supporting cast, there's not enough about the script or the characters to make itAdam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt (who also wrote and directed) are the last singles in their circle of married friends. After the others all have kids, they decide to split one, but maintain their single status and platonic friendship. Predictability ensues. While there's an energetic pace and a quality supporting cast, there's not enough about the script or the characters to make it consistently funny. Unfortunately, the leading pair lacks sufficient charisma or comic chops to justify their casting. Those who enjoy chick flicks may find it pleasant, but this film doesnâ Expand
  2. Mar 17, 2012
    4
    An epic failure of a movie that spends too much time on two moderately appealing characters and never expands on 4 other equally-as-interesting characters. Formulaic for about 95% of the movie, I spent most of my time wondering why it seemed so conceptually similar to When Harry Met Sally, yet was centered around babies. Then, with 10 crucial minutes left to wrap up a story that, ifAn epic failure of a movie that spends too much time on two moderately appealing characters and never expands on 4 other equally-as-interesting characters. Formulaic for about 95% of the movie, I spent most of my time wondering why it seemed so conceptually similar to When Harry Met Sally, yet was centered around babies. Then, with 10 crucial minutes left to wrap up a story that, if continuing with the formula, had a very predictable ending, yet if it strayed from the formula, it was going to happen very quickly and would ultimately ruin the movie. Somehow, this movie did both. This was a long hour and forty minutes. And the depth just wasn't there. On one hand, it seemed like Jon Hamm life partner, Jennifer Westfeldt, was constructing a sweet film about friends who fall in love, but then on the other, she reduced it to a very shallow and empty story. Such a waste of an incredible cast. Expand
  3. Jan 22, 2013
    4
    I didnt find the movie boring, it kept intrest at a steady pace. But, once everything was over, the whole movie was just pointless. It had a good idea, but it just didnt go anywhere with it. Sort of a mixed feeling.
  4. Jul 17, 2013
    5
    The biggest problem I have with this movie is that you have to be a fan of Westfeld's writing to enjoy it overall, as the film focuses on nothing but dialogue. It is very talky movie that is at times too smart for it's own good.
  5. Mar 9, 2012
    6
    Much to the akin of a cross between vintage Woody Allen meets Manhattan-set tv sitcoms "Seinfield," and "Friends," with a hint of "Sex and the City," this 'romantic-comedy' doesn't short-change the genre itself; it's both romantic and is certainly funny. From the writer and director, who brought the lesbian-spun quest of finding love in one's 20's to life ("Kissing Jessica Stein"), comesMuch to the akin of a cross between vintage Woody Allen meets Manhattan-set tv sitcoms "Seinfield," and "Friends," with a hint of "Sex and the City," this 'romantic-comedy' doesn't short-change the genre itself; it's both romantic and is certainly funny. From the writer and director, who brought the lesbian-spun quest of finding love in one's 20's to life ("Kissing Jessica Stein"), comes the boundlessly talented Jennifer Westfeldt, who not only writes and directs, but also stars (with also real-life spouse Jon Hamm) in this ensemble comedy. Again putting a twist on relationships, Westfeldt, this time, delineates seeking love in one's 30's...with a baby. The story centers around the lives of two best friends Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott). Each live in the same apartment building, and each engage in frequent one-night stands. Among their social circle, are other couples,who all gradually resort to having kids in their relationships, including the domineering wife Leslie (Maya Rudolph) and her emasculated, subservient laggard husband Alex (Chris O'Dowd). They are the first couple to have a baby. Next, Ben and wife Missy (Hamm and Wiig) have a child. Once their innocent infatuation with child-rearing manifests itself into an actual child, though, the two naive lovebirds resort to heated bickering...like children themselves. When Julie and Jason realize that they get along better than the already married and now-parents, they begin to consider having a child of their own: without the "marriage." The characters' logic stems from the view that most marriages, statistically end in divorce, and that since on average they tend to fail more than they suceed, having a child without the "unnecessary" complexity, would somehow make the situation easier. It lost me too. Regardless, the two friends continue dating, Julie meets empathetically sensitive Kurt (Ed Burns), while Jason stumbles upon tantalizing Mary Jane (Megan Fox). So, the once strictly platonic friends begin to become 'friends' with, a bit more, than meaningless, innocuous 'benefits.' Among the benefits of 'Friends' is a vivaciously committed cast, that has a sense of resonance and on-screen cohesion that may be due to the majority of the cast having already worked together in "Bridesmaids." Nontheless, they congeal and show real, plausible emotion. Also ballasting the film is a slick script that supports the actions of its characters, and inevitably, makes it worth watching; it touches upon a real-life element in social interaction upon friends--the jealousies, judgments, artificialities, and genuine emphathy--that rings a tune of realism. As expected from an ensemble comedy, each of the characters turns in a serviceable performance, Rudolph and O'Dowd being the most distinguisable--too, having worked together in "Bridesmaids"--and being the largest beneficiaries from the strong script. Hamm maintains his charismatic coolness, as usual, though Wiig is arguably the least effective; her role is simply too restrained and irrelevantly peripheral; she's wasted. Furthermore, the two leads are strong, especially Scott, who finally is given a primary role to showcase his causticly acrid demeanor and rapacious output, that the viewer can see and feel him deliver; he shines. Though Westfeldt pulls off an amazing task of directing, writing, producing, and starring in the film, she creates her own character as coming off slightly too simpering and needy. By the latter half, "Friends with Kids" becomes all too predictable, and loses its originality, resorting to genre-specific cliches, and all too-familiar unfunny, ribald humor. In addition, the film is completely oblivious to its various audiences: it's too progressive for some, not enough for others, and perhaps a bit too aloof from the implications of its subject. Having said that, notwithstanding the right intangibles, the film treats its title characters (the kids themselves) as being mere innate objects, burdens laden with excrement and cacophonous sound, of which don't deserve solid, fully-committed, fully-faithful parents; the 'kids''s needs are shown as being offensively inconsequential. The underlying message: it's acceptable to have children if it makes "us" happy. Where is the mention of children's happiness? Casting the moral and ethical concerns aside, "Friends with Kids" is one of the better rom-coms made in quite a while. Expand
  6. Jul 27, 2013
    4
    Friends with Kids, though touching at moments, flat lined for the majority of the film. It took nearly an hour for the characters to actually meet any type of conflict. Things simmer, but nothing ever emerges from the early probable conflicts. In general the stakes were very low for the entirety of the first "act." It is obvious what is going to happen, and writer/producer/director/actorFriends with Kids, though touching at moments, flat lined for the majority of the film. It took nearly an hour for the characters to actually meet any type of conflict. Things simmer, but nothing ever emerges from the early probable conflicts. In general the stakes were very low for the entirety of the first "act." It is obvious what is going to happen, and writer/producer/director/actor Jennifer Westfeldt keeps you waiting for the inevitable to happen way to long. The two main characters are generally uninteresting, and the other four equally interesting characters are never explored or fully developed. The directing was good in parts, but like many directors have demonstrated before, it is hard to direct yourself. Westfeldt is the obvious weak spot amongst the all-star ensemble. I wanted to feel more for the characters, but I didn't. I had extremely high hopes for this film, but when Megan Fox isn't the poorest actress on camera the film is going downhill fast. Expand
  7. Aug 13, 2012
    6
    A fresh take on raising a child in an unorthodox way. The film distracts us with vulgar language and awkward moments between characters. The lead characters perform well and keep us involved but, the main downfall is the unneeded dialogue of vulgarity.
  8. Jul 31, 2012
    6
    The cast is great, even if slightly under used at times, and the screenplay has its highs and lows. At its highs it's a smart and heartfelt comedy. At it's lows its an awkwardly crass, and predictable romance.
  9. Jul 30, 2012
    5
    Surprisingly entertaining movie about 2 good friends who decide to have
    A baby together, without the hassle that comes
    With regular relationships. Very moving and very new York .
Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Jun 25, 2012
    60
    It benefits from a supernaturally engaging cast, but this treads too closely to the rom-com model to feel as smart or moving as Westfeldt's previous best.
  2. Reviewed by: Jonathan Crocker
    Jun 21, 2012
    60
    Smart dialogue, a gifted ensemble and good intentions from Jennifer Westfeldt, but her grown-up romcom can't quite escape feeling like a sitcom on the big screen.
  3. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Mar 10, 2012
    50
    In spite of my general distaste for Friends With Kids, let me cast my vote on the side of those who liked the ending. I wish more of the film had had that scene's fresh mixture of casual banter and breathless intimacy, instead of sounding like half-remembered dialogue from a movie we've all seen too many times before.