Saturday, March 24, 2012

Friends with Kids Review

Since Mad Men fever seems to have reached an all time high right now I thought we'd talk about Jon Hamm. Actually we're going to talk about Jon Hamm's girlfriend, Jennifer Westfeldt. Jon and Jennifer have been together for 15 years! They're not married and they don't have kids but they do have a dog, Cora, and you can often see the whole family out for a walk. A few years ago, Jon and Jennifer started to notice that all of their couple friends were having kids and then disappearing from their lives. Jennifer decided to write, direct, and produce a movie about what happens to friends when they have kids.

I mention this backstory not only because its interesting but because its very relevant to the movie, which is supported by some incredibly realistic dailogue. I'm pretty sure if you are friends with Jon and Jennifer you will probably see one of your tense conversations acted out on screen Jennifer plays Julie and Adam Scott is her best guy friend, Jason. They want to have kids, but want to avoid the stress it creates on a romantic relationship, as witnessed with their couple friends. The couples are played by Chris O'Dowd, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, and Kristen Wiig. Basically the cast of Bridesmaids! No big deal.

Friends with Kids was funny but very poignant. I found myself getting stressed out for the characters, and at times just sad. Adam Scott is charming and but so heartbreaking . . . when he tears up during the last scene, I noticed myself doing the same.

For a film so grounded in real conversations, I didn't really buy the main relationship. I mean they were super cute together, but in what world do two attractive people remain completely platonic for years without even a drunken hookup? And then they can conceive a child but still not get together for a few years? Also he calls her "doll" which is very sweet but I'm pretty sure that's just for the Kardashians and imaginary gay best friends.

However, if you like When Harry Met Sally or Steve and Miranda in the first part of SATC season 6, you 'll like this movie. And if you don't . . . why are you reading this blog?

Friends with Kids, rated "R," romantic comedy, starring Jennifer Westfelt, Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Chris O'Dowd "B+"

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