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16 March 2012 (USA) See more »
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Love. Happiness. Kids. Pick two. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Directed by
Jennifer Westfeldt 
 
Writing credits
Jennifer Westfeldt (written by)

Produced by
Joshua Astrachan .... producer
Riza Aziz .... producer
Kathryn Dean .... co-producer
Lucy Barzun Donnelly .... executive producer
Joe Gatta .... executive producer
Jon Hamm .... producer
Jake Kasdan .... producer
Christine H. Kim .... associate producer (as Christine Kim)
Joey McFarland .... producer
Christian Mercuri .... executive producer
Mike Nichols .... executive producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Jennifer Westfeldt .... producer
Missy Yager .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
The 88 
Marcelo Zarvos 
 
Cinematography by
William Rexer (director of photography) (as William Rexer II)
 
Film Editing by
Tara Timpone 
 
Casting by
Tiffany Little Canfield 
Bernard Telsey 
David Vaccari (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Ray Kluga 
 
Set Decoration by
Nicole Duryea 
Mila Khalevich 
 
Costume Design by
Melissa Bruning 
 
Makeup Department
Astrid Dahl .... hair stylist
Bobby Diehl .... hair department head
Ashley Fox .... key makeup artist
Shannon Grey Williams .... personal makeup artist: additional unit
Jason Hayes .... key hair stylist
David Kalahiki .... key hair stylist
Michelle Kearns .... makeup artist
Cassandra Keating .... key makeup artist
Julie Anna Kehoe .... hair department head
Barbara Lacy .... makeup department head
Julia Lallas .... makeup department head: additional unit
Katherine O'Donnell .... additional makeup artist (as Kathy O'Donnell)
Joelle Troisi .... key makeup artist
Kim Weber .... personal makeup artist: additional unit
Rondi Scott .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Nicole Wodowski .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Kathryn Dean .... unit production manager
Jonathan Ferrantelli .... post-production supervisor
Sophia Lin .... unit production manager: additional unit
Ryan McCormick .... production supervisor
Leslie Jacobowitz .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Megan Lombardo .... second assistant director: additional unit
Murphy Occhino .... second assistant director
Michael Pitt .... first assistant director
Jason Rody .... second second assistant director: additional unit
Jonathan Shoemaker .... first assistant director: additional unit
Kate Bogle .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William Adee .... on-set dresser
Mary Blanchard .... charge scenic
David Branum .... on-set dresser: additional unit
Josh Clark .... leadman
Milly Fearon .... property master: additional unit
Jesse Getchell .... set decoration production assistant
James Kelleher .... property master (as Jim Kelleher)
Mat Kowalski .... additional property master
Devin Ladd .... on-set dresser (as Devin Laad)
Imogen Lee .... assistant property master
Jason Lewin .... set dresser
Tom McMillan .... art production assistant: additional unit
Mailara Santana .... art director: additional unit
Jack Schram .... property assistant
Adam Smith .... assistant property master: additional unit
Alyson Wellins .... art department coordinator (as Alyson Wellins Lewin)
Elizabeth Whelan .... art production assistant
 
Sound Department
Junior Cyrus Baron .... sound utility
David Briggs .... sound effects editor
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Eric Di Stefano .... adr recordist
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer (as Roberto Fernandez)
Ruy García .... sound designer
Ruy García .... sound effects editor
Graham Gardner .... sound mixer: additional unit
Jack Hutson .... sound mixer
Thomas W. Jordan .... boom operator (as Thomas Jordan)
Igor Nikolic .... assistant sound editor
Eliza Paley .... co-supervising sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Mary Ellen Porto .... adr editor
Mary Ellen Porto .... dialogue editor
Jacob Ribicoff .... supervising sound editor
David Tirolo .... boom operator: additional unit
Daniel Ward .... assistant sound editor
Paul Yurt .... sound engineer
Dan Edelstein .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Ben Whitver .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Edward Drohan .... special effects coordinator (as Ed Drohan)
Kevin Zack .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Chris MacKenzie .... smoke artist
 
Stunts
Norman Douglass .... stunt coordinator (as Norman Douglas)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh M. Allen .... lamp operator (as Josh Allen)
Suzanne Andrews .... additional electric
Tony Arnaud .... additional grip
Hayley Barr .... additional still photographer (as Haley Sparks)
Daniel Beaman .... dolly grip (as Dan Beaman)
George Bianchini .... steadicam operator
Alex Buono .... utility/camera production assistant
Michael Burke .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
James Callanan .... camera operator: additional unit
Oliver Cary .... camera operator: "a" camera
Bobby Colangelo .... additional grip
Divine Cox .... best boy grip
Jen Evana .... additional grip
Brad Goss .... additional grip
Ryan Heide .... digital imaging technician
Travis Hottinger .... additional electrics: additional unit
Kevin Karpinski .... generator operator: additional unit
Jim Kerwin .... generator operator (as Jimmy Kerwin)
Ed Koza .... company grip (as Edward Koza)
Julia Liu .... utility/camera production assistant (as Julia C. Liu)
Daniel Luebke .... additional electric
Dave McAllister .... company grip
Jim McCullagh .... gaffer
Nathan McGarigal .... digital imaging technician: additional unit
James McMillan .... key grip (as Jim McMillan)
James McMillan .... key grip
Adam Miller .... first assistant camera: additional unit
Jeff Muhlstock .... steadicam operator: additional unit
Luke Owen .... first assistant camera: additional unit
Alan Pierce .... additional camera operator
Scott H. Ramsey .... gaffer: additional unit (as Scott Ramsey)
Tyler Ramsey .... lamp operator: additional unit
Kyle Repka .... second assistant camera: additional unit
Meg Schrock .... best boy electric
Sarah Shatz .... still photographer: additional unit
Dobb Shreiber .... best boy electric: additional unit
Dobb Shreiber .... electrician
Kyle Simmons .... additional electric
Andy Smith .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Bob Calandro .... grip (uncredited)
Blaine Chou .... camera production assistant (uncredited)
Rob Koch .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
John Nasta .... grip (uncredited)
Joe Striffler .... grip (uncredited)
Christopher Yoon .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
John Dietrick .... animator: title
 
Casting Department
Emily Bates .... extras casting associate
Karyn Casl .... casting assistant
Barbara McNamara .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lainie Anderson .... wardrobe supervisor: additional unit
Gracie Cox .... assistant costume designer
Jonathan Hamilt .... costume production assistant
Michael Kale .... assistant costume designer: additional unit
Lindsay Kouri .... set costumer
Stephani Lewis .... assistant costume designer
Martina Melendez .... key costumer
Lauren Schad .... wardrobe supervisor
Olivia Janczyk .... additional costume production assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Kellan Anderson .... dailies producer
Matt Breitenbach .... digital intermediate assistant (as Matthew Breitenbach)
Molle DeBartolo .... digital intermediate project manager
John Dietrick .... associate editor
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist
Roman Hankerwitz .... dailies engineer
Jennifer Hatton .... assistant editor
Matt Hoffman .... assistant dailies engineer
Miles Hubley .... finishing editor: trailer
Markus Janner .... digital intermediate recordist
Brent Kleinman .... digital intermediate engineer
Joe Landauer .... additional editor (as Joseph Landauer)
Tim Mullen .... digital intermediate engineer
Bethany Orlemann .... assistant editor
David Pultz .... digital intermediate lab timer (as Dave Pultz)
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Geoffrey Richman .... additional editor
Jonathan Sanden .... digital intermediate editor
Darrell R. Smith .... digital intermediate supervising producer
Arturo Sosa .... associate editor
Zak Tucker .... dailies supervisor
Travis Hottinger .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Paloma Mele .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Nick Baxter .... score mixer
Mark Bächle .... orchestrator
Stephanie Diaz-Matos .... music supervisor
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Anna Lascurain .... music coordinator
Jen Monnar .... music editor
Brian Newman .... musician
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Marcelo Zarvos .... orchestrator
Serge Courtois .... music mixing assistant (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ricky Andrews .... driver: additional unit (as Rich Andrews)
Bob Bermendez .... driver: additional unit
Andrew B. Collins .... driver (as Andrew Collins)
Feather Laroche .... driver
Justin Martinez .... driver: additional unit
Tom McMillan .... driver: additional unit
David Meade .... driver: additional unit
Tom O'Connor .... driver (as Thomas O'Connor)
Danny Pannatono .... driver: additional unit
James T. Quinn .... driver: additional unit (as James Quinn)
Doug Salomone .... transportation captain: additional unit
Thomas J. Walsh .... driver (as Tom Walsh)
Kevin R. Wood .... transportation co-captain
Timothy J. Wood .... transportation captain (as Tim Wood)
Jesse Getchell .... driver: set decoration (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mackenzie Aliano .... production office assistant: additional unit (as Mackenzie Brooke Aliano)
Michele Baker .... location manager
Alec Bates .... assistant location manager
Pamela Bertini .... first assistant accountant
Brette Billow .... production office coordinator
Geoffrey Booth .... assistant location manager (as Geoffrey Gooth)
Steve Boyle .... post-production accountant (as Steven Boyle)
Rodney Byerson .... set production assistant: additional unit
George Camarda .... script supervisor
Ian Cappello .... key set production assistant: additional unit (as Ian Capello)
Christina Chow .... set production assistant: additional unit
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance research: IndieClear (as Carol Compton)
Meredith Crowley .... location scout
Jerry L. Dasti .... attorney: Sloss Eckhouse LawCo (as Jerry Dasti)
Chris Dreyer .... set production assistant
Leo Driver .... parking coordinator
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... attorney: Sloss Eckhouse LawCo (as Jackie Eckhouse)
Dann Fink .... adr loop group coordinator
Jessie Gant .... first assistant accountant
Rebecca Garland .... production accountant
Laurie Gershon .... product placement
Kyle Gorjanc .... set production assistant: additional unit
Gabriel Greenberg .... location scout
Paul Hammond .... commentary
Karl Hartman .... location assistant
Patrick M. Hayes Jr. .... set production assistant: additional unit (as Patrick Hayes)
Bethany Haynes .... attorney: Sloss Eckhouse LawCo
Kevin Hindley .... script clearance research: IndieClear
Jessica K. Johnson .... office production assistant
Amanda Johnson-Zetterström .... assistant: Locomotive (as Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom)
Rachel Kloss .... set production assistant
Mary Knauf .... set production assistant
Elizabeth Krekel .... location scout
Amanda Kulkoski .... intern: additional unit
Greg Lemonides .... caterer: additional unit, Directors Catering
Dan Levy Dagerman .... assistant: Jennifer Westfeldt
Jason Makman .... set production assistant
Michael Matlak .... location production assistant
April Matson .... assistant: Pants West Pictures
David Meade .... location assistant: additional unit
Andrew Migdail .... paralegal: Sloss Eckhouse LawCo
James Parsons .... set production assistant
Jorge Pina .... chef
Matthew F. Preston .... production office coordinator: additional unit (as Matt Preston)
Gabby Rivera .... set production assistant: additional unit
Javier Rojas .... craft service: NY Crafty
Courtney Schade .... commentary coordinator
Samantha L. Seda .... location production assistant (as Samantha Seda)
Jeff Sedwick .... set production assistant
John Sesumi .... assistant production office coordinator
Jennifer Sonnenfeld .... location coordinator
Lora Sorrentino .... key set production assistant
Joseph Stephans .... location manager: additional unit
Benjamin J. Stern .... set production assistant (as Benjamin Stern)
Charlie Stratton .... creative consultant
Wing Tat .... location scout
Jessica Thorne .... payroll accountant
Anthony Torre .... caterer: Gourmet To You
Thaddeus Self Williams .... set production assistant (as Thaddeus 'Self' Williams)
Ryan Wilson .... production secretary
Wendy L. York .... script supervisor: additional unit (as Wendy York)
David DeSantos .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Timothy Martin .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
George S. Matsuo .... craft service assistant (uncredited)
Tom Sexton .... location scout (uncredited)
Jason R. Thompson .... production intern (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Phil Abraham .... thanks
Will Arnett .... thanks
Samantha Bee .... thanks
Kay Cannon .... thanks
Rosemarie DeWitt .... thanks
Noah Emmerich .... thanks
Tina Fey .... thanks
John Hamburg .... thanks
Susanna Hoffs .... thanks
Rashida Jones .... thanks
Jay Roach .... thanks
Morgan Sackett .... special thanks
Jon Schroder .... thanks
Michael Schur .... special thanks (as Mike Schur)
Jason Segel .... thanks
Hillary Seitz .... special thanks
Paul F. Tompkins .... thanks
Sam Trammell .... thanks
Stephen Trask .... thanks
Leslie Urdang .... thanks
Tom Vaughan .... thanks
Yul Vazquez .... thanks
David Wain .... thanks
 

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Rated R for sexual content and language
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107 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The dialogue between Chris O'Dowd and Maya Rudolph about their age difference was a rewrite by Jennifer Westfeldt. After casting Chris O'Dowd, the issue of the couple's age difference had to be addressed in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Jason Fryman:Slow painful death by disease... or watching the love of your life die a slow painful death by disease?
Julie Keller:A. Definitely A. Much worse to be without the person you love than to have a slow painful death.
[... ]
Julie Keller:You?
Jason Fryman:Oh, B.
Julie Keller:Really? You would rather watch the love of your life die slowly and painfully?
Jason Fryman:Well, it wouldn't be awesome, but better them than me. Got a lot of good years left.
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References Boogie Nights (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
You Are What You LoveSee more »

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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Stays true to its genre name, 18 July 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

In 2011, we were faced with two films asking whether or not it was possible for two people to casually have sex and unintentionally fall in love with one another. In 2012, we are presented with, from what I can see, one film that asks a more debatable and better question; is it possible for two people that are vaguely attracted to one another to have a baby, and while raising it, make efforts to meet and see other people? I'll be completely honest and say I could not and would not ever want to do this, although the idea, when put on the table, immediately sparked my interest. Not only does the idea of having kids disinterest me completely at this point in time, but I find that plan sort of selfish and unfair on both the parents and the child. If the parents seek out relationships with other people, the inevitability of it all will be that one or both of the parents will become so caught up in the new relationship that they will dump the baby on the other person. And unfair for the child, because every baby deserves a prominent mom and dad figure in their life.

Friends With Kids asks this question, using two couples and two very close friends as the subjects. The two friends are Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt, who serves as the writer, one of the six producers, and director), who have been the kind of people who are truly meant for each other, but neither one will wake up and realize it. Their friends are the collective Alex and Leslie (Chris O'Dowd and Maya Rudolph) and the intimate sex-hounds Ben and Missy (Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig, all four are Bridesmaids alumni). The film opens with them childless, happy, and even more ecstatic once Leslie announces that she will be having a baby at dinner at a luxurious New York restaurant.

Four years later, the two couples have children and their marriages lack the intimacy and cheeriness they once bubbled with. The only two that still seem remotely happy are Jason and Julie, who both remain single and childless. After a disastrous party for Jason, the two talk over the idea of having children, something Julie has wanted for a while seeing as she is older than Jason. Jason and Julie figure that if they have a baby together and then proceed to move forward by dating other people, yet still taking care of the kid, their relationship as friends will not suffer.

They decide to do this on a whim and out of convenience, and nine months later, they have a child. Now here comes the inevitable part; they must support it yet are trying to seek out new people to date as well. Jason falls lust at first sight when he meets the offbeat and attractive Megan Fox's Mary Jane, and Julie can't seem to take her eyes off the rather cliché everyman, Kurt (Edward Burns).

Their friends are concerned for their behavior, mainly because they believe the having-a-child-without-plans-to-marry setup was an impulsive and foolish decision on their part. One area Friends With Kids absolutely wins at is its ability to have believable, real-life conversations that are projected through a mature, human scope. One of the most heartbreaking scenes involves Jason, a rather self-absorbed, egotistical character, confessing to Julie why they could never be together. This scene doesn't pull any punches. It genuinely makes its audience wince. No sight gags or one-liners involved.

Another perfect scene involved Jon Hamm's Ben lecturing Jason on why having a kid was a stupid idea on his part, and how the kid may grow up to be confused and troubled by not having two firm parental figures in his life. These are the scenes that create great humanity and drama between the characters, in an non-contrived, believable manner.

Friends With Kids feels like an exercise in Woody Allen-esque filmmaking, right down to the intellectual characters and the subtle character the state of New York plays. It's charming, often quite poignant, and perhaps offers some keen insights about the idea of raising children that is often forgone in many modern romantic comedies. It's endearing and reassuring to see a picture so true to its "romantic comedy" title.

Starring: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Chris O'Dowd, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, and Jon Hamm. Directed by: Jennifer Westfeldt.

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