Friends With Kids

Rated R 100 min. 2012

Paced with the rat-a-tat comic rim shots of Friends and other peppy sitcom efforts that bear little resemblance to the cadences of human life as we know it, Friends with Kids presents a similarly idealized vision of Manhattan where a flock of attractive, successful thirtysomething yuppettes gather in an upscale restaurant to lament the travesty of parents and toddlers dining at a neighboring table. Naturally, one of the couples, Leslie (Maya Rudolph) and Alex (Chris O’Dowd), take the opportunity to announce that they are with child, the first in their group of thick-as-thieves buddies to reproduce. Flash forward to four years later, and the lines have been drawn. On one side of the divide are the breeders. Leslie and Alex are now incubating baby No. 2, and Ben (Jon Hamm) and Missy (Kristen Wiig) appear to be nursing a growing hatred for each other after the birth of their first child. On the other side of that divide are childless holdouts Julie (writer, director, and star Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott). Apparently motivated by these gruesome examples of parental hell, Julie and best pal Jason decide they will have a child together, free of the romantic feelings that appear to have doomed their friends. This rather dopey premise is Westfeldt’s wobbly effort to add a new twist to the usual rom-com setup. Don’t let the A-list cast fool you: The comic heavy-lifting in Friends with Kids unfortunately falls on the shoulders of Westfeldt and Scott, who have the pretty looks but bland energy of such vanilla comic teams as Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher and Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. Despite the presence of a large number of that film’s cast members, this is not the thespian clown summit of Bridesmaids II.

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Official Site: friendswithkids.com

Director: Jennifer Westfeldt

Writer: Jennifer Westfeldt

Cast: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns

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