Friends with Kids is an indie comedy that gained a lot of press because of its stellar cast. The movie follows two best friends, Jason and Julie, who are in their late thirties. Neither have found the right one, and decide to have a child together, raise him together, but ultimately see other people. So the two get down to business while their friends, two married couples with kids, watch on in utter disbelief…not while the child is conceived, but everything after.
The movie is pretty silly conceptually which is why the comedy works well here. While the movie uses comedy in points where it was unneeded, there is still a decent balance of comedy and drama. My least favorite part was the ending, which I won’t spoil. Let’s just say that it ends mixed in a dramatic situation with comedic tones. It was this odd slush that just didn’t work out. Not at all.
The acting is pretty good, though there is a fair share of poor performances. I’ll start with the good, though. Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt and Chris O’Dowd were great. To be honest, I only watched this because it had O’Dowd in it, I loved him in The IT Crowd. I haven’t really seen Adam Scott or Jennifer Westfeldt before, well I’ve seen Adam Scott, but not too much. They both surprised me with their chemistry.
Jon Hamm and Maya Rudolph were OK, they didn’t have much time to develop, though. Megan Fox was pretty bad, like most of the actors, she wasn’t in much of this. I thought Kristen Wiig gave the weakest performance. All she does is look depressed and cry, which would be fine if it felt believable.
I did enjoy the movie, though, and I actually was a bit bummed when it ended. I would have liked to see what happens next with everyone, but a good movie is the kind that leaves you like that. I can’t recommend this to everyone, maybe adults who are bored. 🙂