Review: FRIENDS WITH KIDS

All their friends are married and having kids. Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) are neither married nor have kids. When they see how miserable their once happy friends have become, they figure there has to be a better way of being able to have it all. Perhaps the concept of the way people have kids is flawed? Perhaps you shouldn’t marry the father/mother of your kids. Maybe the best way to have kids and still love your partner is to have a child with your best friend and then marry the one you love?

Written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt this is a fresh, brave attempt at taking on the rom com genre. It has a fresh angle to the will they won’t they get together question, by throwing in baby talk and being supported by a wonderful ensemble cast. It is also refreshing to see that the usual suspects when it comes to rom coms are not cast. Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt lead the very strong ensemble cast with ease and comfort.

Westfeldt has managed to assemble a fantastic cast. At first glance it feels like Bridesmaids revisited, with half of the cast having appeared in that hilarious film (Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolf, and Chris O’Dowd).  That was a smart move as that will be a big draw card for audiences. While there are some laughs in this film unfortunately it does not reach the heights of Bridesmaids.

The problem with having such a great and full ensemble cast (which also includes Megan Fox and Edward Burns) is that inevitably there will be too many storylines happening, some of them will be rushed, and some characters will be underutilized. All of the above happens in this film – the casualties being the whole cast of Bridesmaids!

It’s refreshing to see some truth in a rom com (Friends With Kids will have you asking, should anyone really have kids?) rather than just light and fluffy or very over the top situations. However, as hard as it tries to be different, because it is in the rom com category, it inevitably ends up being formulaic.

Friends With Kids has a good idea that is better served in a sitcom than a 100 minute film. A sitcom would have the ability to flesh out more stories and experiences – providing more laughs and connections with the characters.

Friends With Kids is a pleasant enough film but it just plods along. This is more of a Sunday afternoon DVD experience than a trip to the cinema.

That’s Entertainment!
Sarina 🙂

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Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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2 Responses to Review: FRIENDS WITH KIDS

  1. Cultured Lad says:

    Great Review!

    Completely agree with the last comment! I just think the issue was with the last twenty or so minutes where it felt incredibly cliche.

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