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Friends With Kids (2012)

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67

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 138
Fresh: 92 | Rotten: 46

Sharp, shrewd, and funny, Friends with Kids features excellent performances that help smooth over some of the story's more conventional elements.

54

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 19

Sharp, shrewd, and funny, Friends with Kids features excellent performances that help smooth over some of the story's more conventional elements.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 33,350

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Friends with Kids is a daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes. The last two singles in the group observe the effect that kids have had on their friends' relationships and wonder if there's a better way. They decide to have a kid together - and date other people. There are big laughs and unexpected emotional truths as this unconventional 'experiment' leads everyone in the group to question the

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Drama, Comedy

Jennifer Westfeldt

Jul 17, 2012

$7.3M

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It's safe to assume its sharp comments on what kids can do to marriage - and friendships - come from years of observation.

June 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Pleasant but overfamiliar.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Slate | Comment (1)
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Sitcom-amusing, in that middle-of-the-road way.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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It's the kind of cutesy idea that doesn't ring remotely true.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (2)
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This is a sharp, funny, touching and utterly winning slice of New York.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
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[A] crass, shallow cash-in.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (3)
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Surprisingly funny and wickedly smart, this romantic dramedy soars.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

As she did with her first script, the gender-bending 'Kissing Jessica Stein,' Westfeldt goes for something radical and winds up pulling her punches when things start getting interesting.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Trying to figure what is the most offensive thing about this accidental mashup of 70s Woody Allen and Sex and the City...

November 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Movies of this genre normally want you to root for the couple to end up together. All this one had me doing was hoping that someone would smack them upside the head and talk some sense into them.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Ultimately, Friends With Kids is an unconventional family drama that uses conventional romantic comedy clichés to make its point.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

I'd rather have my head stuck in a vise than be forced to sit through another viewing.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: NECN

Friends with Kids is funny and likable and while the dialogue is often bawdy and sexually frank, its elements are completely fairytale, including a climax involving a cross-town dash.

July 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Adam Scott takes the leading male role as Jason Fryman. Were such a thing possible, he looks like he could be the son of Tom Cruise and Michael Sheen, minus their celebrity baggage.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Westfeldt's screenplay is often sharp, shrewd and funny...

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Sure this is going to draw some comparisons to Bridesmaids - and understandably so - but still there are some great performances and touching moments.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Friends With Kids is a smart, witty and potty-mouthed confection that uses an intriguing premise as a hook for a familiar tale of soulmates who are blinkered to the deep love that binds them.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

Friends With Kids is a smart, witty and potty-mouthed confection that uses an intriguing premise as a hook for a familiar tale of soulmates who are blinkered to the deep love that binds them.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

If the leads ultimately conform to rom-com type, there's enough messiness, heartbreak and hurt around them to stop the movie becoming cosily bland.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

It's conventional, dull and unconsciously nasty.

June 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

If you see this on at the cinema, walk on by.

June 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

It's left to the wonderful Scott, with his satyr's face and killer timing, to carry the movie through thick and thin.

June 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Sadly the film then downhill-races to a feelgood, feel-inauthentic ending. But for 90 of 107 minutes it is cracklingly good.

June 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

It's difficult to muster the will to get behind these fools, and yet there are stretches where Westfeldt's script glows, such as an expertly executed dinner-table fracas, which manages to engage the entire ensemble.

June 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

It's hardly a relatable scenario but there's something compelling about it all the same as these two not wholly sympathetic characters try and have their cake and eat it.

June 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express | Comment (1)
Daily Express

While this results in some genuine moments of truth, most scenes feel forced to fit the standard rom-com template.

June 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for Friends With Kids

How easy is it to fall in love with Adam Scott? Too easy. His perfectly tousled man-coif. His boyish but faintly rat-looking nose-mouth combo. His extraordinary ability to tear up at the drop of a hat. His brand of deathly serious deadpan that is neither sarcastic nor snarky.

Herein lies the problem: Scott's Jason is such a lovable guy that it's completely unbelievable that he's the shallow womanizer the plot calls for him to be. He treats his platonic bestie, Julie, like a queen. He entertains her neurotic wee-AM phone calls. He never fails to address her as "Doll," his schmaltzy, old-fashioned moniker for her. Why? It's unclear HOW they became friends, WHY nothing ever happened (beyond the truly weak argument of lack of physical attraction), HOW they maintain their old married couple ease, and WHY he doesn't bend over backward like this for any other woman. Is it because he only has room for one most important woman in his life? Is it because he's in denial about his non-platonic feelings for her? Are they both so blind? Jason and Julie's partnership is too cute and too cooked. Their romantic union is fairly predictable.

This is not to say Jennifer Westfeldt isn't still a remarkable triple threat who creates great films for and about women. The existential questions that come with life, love, and responsibility are witty and devastating. Jason and Julie's hairbrained scheme to have a baby with each other is charming, and it's satisfying to see how together they have it (at first). The cast shines with chaotic humor and cuts with gross cruelty. I rather like Megan Fox, and she plays the perfect hot girl with subtle glamour. Jason's declaration of love and loyalty for the mother of his children is just the tenderest of juggernauts.

All in all, an enjoyable movie dampened by an unrealistic/confusing male lead and a cheap, hurried reconciliation that overemphasizes physical and sexual attraction.
July 31, 2013
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

Man, I love movies like this. This one is not as polished as Kissing Jessica Stein, and suffers from the same weak ending, but I could still totally watch this again. Megan Fox makes for some serious eye candy and Adam Scott is surprisingly charming. My only gripe (SPOILER ALERT) is that these romcoms could subconsciously convince previously-sensible people to wait around for playaz to come to maturity or come to their senses.
July 11, 2013
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

Two close friends decide to have a child but maintain their search for "The One."
Jennifer Westfeldt is fast becoming one of my favorite new filmmakers. It is right that she works with Edward Burns in this film because their films have similar milieus, and her slice-of-life comedies bare the mark of Woody Allen's influence. She may make her way to my list of favorite neurotic Jews, an honor that all should aspire to. Her comic eye is sharp, her dialogue is extraordinarily witty, and her direction has Burns's and Allen's ease.
As he often does, Adam Scott gives an exceptional performance as Westfeldt's leading man. He's got such great comic timing, balanced by an ability to turn on sharp intensity when the dramatic scenes call for it.
The story seems quite familiar, delving in to how children can throw lives astray but also how getting older changes friendships. Westfeldt may be young, but she's got an old, cynical soul, tempered by a charming romanticism; only she could make "I want to fuck the shit out of you" the most romantic line in the film.
Overall, Friends with Kids is an exceptionally strong film from a gifted filmmaker.
June 12, 2013
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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Surprisingly, didn't mind this one. Good cast lift what is a pretty dull topic. A few laughs and a few cringes and a happy ending.
April 2, 2013
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    1. Ben: So why didn't you guys ever even try to get together?
    2. Jason Fryman: It's too much familiarity. It's like she's one of my.
    – Submitted by Evan T (23 months ago)
    1. Jason Fryman: She over-French pronounces French words.
    – Submitted by Kate V (23 months ago)
    1. Mary Jane: F**k the s**t out of me!
    – Submitted by Vern H (24 months ago)
    1. Julie Keller: It feels like it's coming out of my ass!
    – Submitted by Christopher A (2 years ago)
    1. Leslie: He's like an annoying dog... of a brother.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Jason Fryman: It's like... she's one of my limbs.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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