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Friends with Kids

Drama . Comedy . Romance

In the wake of their friends' marriages and eventual offspring, longtime pals Julie and Jason decide to have a child together without becoming a couple. By becoming "time-share" parents, they reason, they can experience the joys of parenthood without significantly curbing their personal freedom. However, when Julie and Jason both become involved with others, they discover that they secretly harbor romantic feelings for each other.

Actors: Kelly Bishop , Lee Bryant , Adam Scott , Edward Burns , Maya Rudolph , Chris O'Dowd , Megan Fox , Jennifer Westfeldt , Jon Hamm , Kristen Wiig
Directors: Jennifer Westfeldt
Country: USA
Release: 2012-03-16
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  • Peter Travers

    An indelibly funny and touching comedy with a real sting in its tail. The laughs leave scars.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The observations about parenthood, pro and con, are quick and smart, and Scott effortlessly steals the show, softening Westfeldt's brittle cuteness.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    Although Westfeldt's sharp screenplay is mostly talk, it's very good talk.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Westfeldt, now 42, belongs to a generation (and class) of people for whom nothing about having kids is easy. Her intensity feels just right - better than in any film I've seen in years - for How We Breed Now.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Credit Westfeldt, who is also the writer and director, with a classic setup for farce, brightly executed.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Friends With Kids takes a fresh and funny look at a familiar subject, with enough buoyant romance to satisfy audiences drawn to starry-eyed love stories and hopeful endings.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Friends With Kids cheerfully earns its R rating on language alone, but always in service of a good laugh.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The performances are constantly spot-on, especially Scott during a wonderfully written rant during a group vacation.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Mary Elizabeth Williams

    What will likely draw butts into theaters for Friends with Kids isn't one star in particular, but the sum of its comic pieces. Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Her (Westfedlt) directing debut is a funny and emotionally credible.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's an interesting premise, if a bit far-fetched for anyone who has spent long nights washing sheets and pillowcases that kids have thrown up on.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • David Rooney

    The co-screenwriter of "Kissing Jessica Stein" goes solo as writer and director with a romantic comedy that takes time to find its groove but steadily accumulates heart and humor.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Like an acquaintance couple's baby pictures, Friends With Kids induces coos but isn't as cute as they think.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Friends With Kids is altogether too casual about parenthood, and that supplies a shaky foundation to a plot that's less about human nature and more about clever dialogue.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    With the foul-mouthed dramedy Friends with Kids, writer/producer/director/star Jennifer Westfeldt is juggling so much, it's a wonder there aren't more jokes about balls.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    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.

    Empire Full Review
  • Jonathan Crocker

    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.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    While "FWK" never challenges us, it does remain consistently engaging.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    The movie looks like every other rom com, all spacious apartments and sleek, woodsy vacation homes, but it takes you through a wider range of responses to the relationships and characters than most.

    Time Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Jennifer Westfeldt's sort-of romantic comedy Friends with Kids is on to something, even if in the end it suffers from a failure of nerve.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Alissa Simon

    Unfolds in a glib, familiar sitcom universe (think "Seinfeld" crossed with "Friends" sans ethnic flavor but with plenty of Judd Apatow-style crass patter about sex and body parts).

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    It's the kind of cutesy idea that doesn't ring remotely true.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    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.

    Slate Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    Good chemistry between the lead actors and nice supporting performances help Friends With Kids survive a formulaic story and just-OK filmmaking.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Whom is this movie for, really? It's too tame for the whooping crowds of women who made hits of the "Sex and the City" movies and "Bridesmaids." And for sure it isn't for parents with kids. You can probably find them, diaper bags in the aisles and toddlers on their laps, watching "Dr. Seuss: The Lorax."

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Any resemblance to last year's breakout comedy hit "Bridesmaids" is purely intended in a film that seeks the same kind of liberated raunch but too often succumbs to talky, edgy-for-its-own sake glibness.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    The result is a talky, predictable, less-audacious-than-it-thinks romantic comedy.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    The mildly engaging, often exasperating feature poses a few good questions and offers some well-observed moments. Yet even as it zeros in on radical shifts in the mechanics and mores of parenthood, it sits quite comfortably in a well-worn romantic-comedy groove.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    There's also new piety and self-righteousness about parenting. Comedies are nervous to find the real humor and wonder in having a family. It's usually tragedy or nothing.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    A smooth but frustrating third feature with an extremely good ensemble cast.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Little more than a well-written and nicely delivered feature-length sitcom.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Some sign of mental reach would have been welcome, even if it extended only as far as their children. Indeed, given the title, it's remarkable how little space is granted to the offspring, who are introduced as excretory machines, sex-blocking irritants, and occasional simpering angels, but never as beings unto themselves. Any parents who see this movie should be warned about the final score: Friends 6, Kids 0.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Westfeldt has a tendency to go over the top, and Friends With Kids in particular has a shrill, smug edge that kills the comedy and the drama alike.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Fear

    The movie's multitasking creator seems to have bitten off more then she can chew. Her friends should have advised "baby steps."

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Melissa Anderson

    Just as Friends With Kids compares unfavorably to Westfeldt's earlier effort, her cast members' previous projects further highlight this film's shortcomings.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    It's shrill in tone, awash in unexamined narcissism - kids are just pretexts for laughs, rather than objects of love - and afflicted by explosive verbal diarrhea. There's simply no base line of normal human activity, let alone intimacy, until the anticouple finally re-examines their anticommitment credo. By then everyone has been so selfish and dislikable that our commitment to the film is lost.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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