Friday, May 24, 2013

PCP on DVD - Friends with Kids

I'm apparently on a small indie film streak here at the blog, with reviews of Perfect Sense and Young Adult this week, today it is Friends with Kids getting the DVD review treatment.

Friends with Kids - 2011, rated R.  My rating:  7 out of 10.

Friends with Kids is an indie rom-com from writer/director/star Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein), along with an outstanding comedic supporting cast including Maya Rudolph (SNL, Up All Night, Bridesmaids); Adam Scott (Parks & Rec); Jon Hamm (SNL frequent host, Bridesmaids), & Kristen Wiig (SNL, Bridesmaids).

The plot centers around 3 couples:  Wiig & Hamm, Rudolph & Chris O'Dowd, & platonic BFFs Westfeldt and Scott.  The first two couples already have kids, and Westfeldt wants kids but can't find a good man to have them with.  So she turns to her BFF to have a child without all the attachments of a relationship to get in the way.  The other two couples think this is a horrible idea for obvious reasons, but Scott & Westfeldt are able to pull it off despite their friends' fears.  In typical, predictable rom-com fashion, you can guess what is going to happen between the two platonic friends by the end of the film.

Just because it is predictable though doesn't mean it isn't funny.  The film has a number of laugh out loud moments, as well as a ton of heart.  I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, but it has some shortcomings in terms of predictability, and some of the dialogue can be a little clunky.  For the most part though the good overcomes the bad, and I do recommend the movie to all.

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