Remember the sitcom FRIENDS on NBC?
Assuming you do, and you liked it, consider you’re a candidate for FRIENDS WITH KIDS.
Think of it as, FRIENDS: THE NEXT DAY. Or maybe, FRIENDS: MARRIED WITH CHILDREN.
Either way, what you’ve got is an ensemble comedy about a group of friends with the last two singles in the pack deciding to have a kid together sans the potential trap of a tragic marriage like the ones they find their best buds in.
It’s a nice concept and good cast, including Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns.
Our single friends couple is played by Westfeldt and Scott, who just want to jump under the sheets, do the deed and have a baby. Then carry on separate relationships while practicing dual parenting rights.
Good luck with that!
Needless to say, their platonic, co-parenting plan can and does lead to awkward cicumstances.
You can see where this is going, right?
A nice premise and a good first act in the film rapidly goes downhill during the final 45 minutes of its 110 minute running time—which in itself is about 20 minutes too long.
Complete with predictable jealousies and conclusions, this NYC-set romantic comedy tries hard to come across as hip but ends up playing very much like a TV sitcom. A sitcom with language that gives it its R-rating.
All that, plus four BRIDESMAIDS alumnae raises 2-1/2 out of 5 predictable fingers for FRIENDS WITH KIDS.
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