Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart.
A grown man caught in the crossfire of his parents' 15-year divorce discovers he was unknowingly part of a study on divorced children and is enlisted in a follow-up years later, which wreaks new havoc on his family.
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
When the scene showing Julie Keller's (Jennifer Westfeldt) birthday was shot, it was done so on Jennifer Westfeldt's actual birthday. See more »
In the final scene, when Jason leaves Julie's house, she is wearing a black v-neck sweater and her hair is nicely coiffed. After she asked him to leave, when he decided to go back and try again, she is wearing a completely different outfit and her hair is longer and messy. See more »
So, why didn't you guys ever even try to get together?
It's too much familiarity. It's like she's one of my limbs.
And that's bad, because...?
Because I hate myself.
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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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