Sunday, 17 June 2012

Friends with Kids (2011)

Director: Jennifer Westfeldt
Writer: Jennifer Westfeldt
Starring: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Megan Fox
Story: Two best friends decide to have a baby together, but in keeping purely plutonic to avoid all the messy relationship problems that come with having a child.
Verdict: A modern look at how today's generation is constantly pushing the boundaries on the traditional ways of thinking. In a society that insists on being different and encourages free thinking this story fits in perfectly to its surroundings. Some would question the morality's of two best friends who, decide to have a baby together to try and cheat their way through the emotional roller coaster that come with such a commitment. Throughout the film you are questioning the judgement from both friends, and can't help to think how the child would react to the news that his parents never really loved one another, but in the back of your mind you knew that would never be an issue thanks to the predictability of the ending.
Both Westfeld and Scott are solid, although Scott's character comes across a little arrogant at times but they both bounced off one another with some good chemistry. The friend's on the other hand spent more times arguing with themselves than actually being of any use during the movie. Wiig and Hamm should have been spared a little more screen time and never really got into the film. Regrettably Fox let the cast down with the same performance we expect from her which didn't really fit well into the story. Some solid screenplay which includes an enjoyable dinner scene argument that leaves you wanting to leave the room just to get away from the tension.
An accomplished directional debut from Westfeldt that's a little bit more than a rom com, posing some interesting questions in the way we look at relationships today.
Story: (7/10)
Cast: (8/10
Director: (7/10)
Best Part: A powerful dinner argument between a group of good friends.
Worst Part: Every time Megan Fox was on screen.
Trivia: Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Chris O'Dowd all appeared in Bridesmaids.
Similar Too: Friends with Benefits, Crazy, Stupid, Love

Rating 73%


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