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Friends with Kids (2011)

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Family doesn't always go according to plan. See more »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Plan perfecto  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

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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 »

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Jason Fryman: Look, we really wanna have a kid.
Julie Keller: Yeah.
Jason Fryman: We just don't want to subject that kid to our tragic marriage.
Leslie: Our tragic marriage?
Jason Fryman: No, OUR
[indicating Julie and himself]
Jason Fryman: tragic marriage.
Julie Keller: The one we would have.
Jason Fryman: Us.
Julie Keller: I mean see, we-we, um, we just, you know we don't wanna fall in-in the trap that most of our friends have...
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Referenced in Conan: Dead Men Tell No Amusing Anecdotes (2011) See more »

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Make It Happy
Written by Lyle Lovett
Performed by Lyle Lovett
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A new genre, the anti-romantic comedy. Funny, and a frank antidote to romance
15 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pickings are slim for grown-up movies and that's what this is. So bought my ticket and was not disappointed. It's a movie for grown-ups, sharp and funny. The thing is, there's barely a whisper of romance or spark of chemistry in the whole set-up. Much focus is on women's bodies, their breasts, their pelvic muscles, their kegel exercises. This kind of frankness is extended to the marital experience of the shared bathroom, frustration of shared chores, mom's post-pregnancy body and baby poo. Funny? Actually, yes. Light or romantic, not for a moment.

The story didn't head in the direction I expected, given the title. It's not a sly comedy or satire of parenthood or how the experience changes a person or a couple. It's more like a story of Friends with Benefits. But the cast is great and it's not formulaic. On the whole, worthwhile. A number of scenes are quite good.


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