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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.

Director:

Jennifer Westfeldt
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Scott ... Jason Fryman
Jennifer Westfeldt ... Julie Keller
Maya Rudolph ... Leslie
Chris O'Dowd ... Alex
Kristen Wiig ... Missy
Jon Hamm ... Ben
Loulou Sloss Loulou Sloss ... Girl Acting Up in Restaurant
Katie Foster ... Girl in Office / Jule's Assistant
Robert Halpern Robert Halpern ... Cole
Daniel Halpern Daniel Halpern ... Cole
Rekha Luther ... Life Coach / Jason's Date
Peter K. Hirsch Peter K. Hirsch ... Doctor in Delivery Room
Lee Bryant ... Elaine Keller
Kelly Bishop ... Marcy Fryman
Cotter Smith ... Phil Fryman
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Stars: Jennifer Westfeldt
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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: Ah, she'll be fine. She's gotta great
[looks under the comforter]
Jason Fryman: sense of humour.
Julie Keller: You're such an asshole.
Jason Fryman: I know.
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Connections

Featured in MsMojo: Top 10 Underrated Romantic Comedies (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Lot
Written by Keith Slettedahl
Performed by The 88
Kerok Music, BMI
By arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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When Harry meet Sally and had a baby
7 December 2011 | by dv-65See all my reviews

Okay,I wasn't going to say anything but I was so baffled by the other reviews I feel compelled.

This film isn't, just in case you were wondering,' untouched genius'. It's simply , okay. It's like watching people who are quite nice going through a storyline which is slightly familiar. No alarms and no surprises.

I don't wish to add spoilers but one crucial scene which for me explains all the films weaknesses is this; Jennifer Westfeldt looks at herself in the mirror wearing a pair of heels, she decides she doesn't like them , so takes them off and puts on a pair of boots which zip up the side. She sits down on a bed and puts them on, one at a time, then once again she looks at herself in the mirror. This time she is happy with her choice. This is shot in real time, and if memory serves correctly without an edit. Takes about 45 secs. When you write , direct and star [ especially when you haven't been in a movie for a while] ,screen time must be very exciting but filming yourself looking at yourself , pretty explains the whole movie for me.

There's a good reason Kristen Wigg features on the poster, Bridesmaids made millions, she's funny and has got game.

But imagine being in the marketing meeting where you had to explain to Jennifer why her face wouldn't be appearing in any of the advertisements for the film she wrote, directed and starred in. Ouch, that must have been a tough day for her.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Friends with Kids See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,019,083, 11 March 2012

Gross USA:

$7,251,073

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,041,254
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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