Friends with Kids (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  16 March 2012 (USA)
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Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships.


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Julie and Jason have been best friends for years with no romantic interest in each other. He sleeps with someone new every few days, and she's looking for Mr. Right. Now in their thirties, they notice that their friends seem to lose all their good qualities when they have children - child rearing and the spark of Eros don't seem to co-exist. So, they decide to have a child together, share in child rearing, but pursue their own romantic lives. Things go well until he meets Mary Jane and she meets Kurt. Both seem like perfect mates. What could go wrong? Written by <>

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Love. Happiness. Kids. Pick two. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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16 March 2012 (USA)  »

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$2,017,466 (USA) (9 March 2012)


$7,250,054 (USA) (8 June 2012)

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The opening sequence that starts with a shot of the book The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins on Jason Fryman's (Adam Scott) nightstand was intended to end with a shot of the late Christopher Hitchens book on Julie Keller's (Jennifer Westfeldt) nightstand. A dilemma followed over whether the shot of Hitchen's book should stay in the film given the author's recent death. The shot of Hitchen's book was ultimately dropped due to time. See more »


When Jason describes his girlfriend Mary Jane to Julie and insists that she should meet her, while leaving the house Julie's white scarf is tied in one scene and untied in the next scene. See more »


Jason Fryman: You think that we don't love each other? You know, I have loved this girl for nineteen years, Ben. That is fully half my life. I know everything there is to know about her. I know the mood she's in when she wakes up in the morning - always happy, ready for the day. Can you imagine? I know that she is honest; she won't even take the little shampoo bottles from the hotel room, or sneak into the movie theater for a double feature. She always buys a second ticket. Always. I know that we have the ...
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References Boogie Nights (1997) See more »


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Welcome to another NYC Fantasyland!
14 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I gave it a 2 because I finished watching the whole thing, which I guess says something. My only guess as to why movies like this keep being made is as an attempt to transport the viewer to a fantasy land where everyone lives in an awesome apartment in New York City, goes to Vermont for ski weekends, dines at sexy restaurants, and dresses impeccably (although mention of what type of jobs these people have to support this lifestyle is rare). Friends with Kids is an attempt to make the viewer think they can still have this lifestyle if only they could reformulate the idea of child rearing (and had an awesome, imaginary job). Two best friends, scared off by their married friends' behavior, decide to have a kid together but skip the relationship. I find no fault in the premise, but the execution was horrible. If you're going to make a movie centered around a somewhat unrealistic plot, then at least add a little realism elsewhere. Right down to Jennifer Westfeldt's face and Adam Scott's character (who is a total jerk, no personality, not abnormally good-looking, and calls Westfeldt's character 'Doll' for godsakes) meeting a skinny, flexible dancer with big boobs and the face of Megan Fox, the movie is so fake it was impossible to be transported to happy fantasy land. I mean, come on, I like to see movies as an escape from reality but this was pushing it.

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