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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
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Cast

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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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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Taglines:

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 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

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 »

Quotes

Julie Keller: Tell me that you will be 100% committed to this , half the time.
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.97 (2012) See more »

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Closing Time
Performed and composed by Bobby Summerfield and Matt McGuire
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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Relentlessly annoying
31 March 2013 | by xhidden99See all my reviews

While I understand the lead/writer/director/producer has been in a 15 year relationship with Jon Hamm, it's pretty obvious she doesn't have kids or know anyone who does or has ever come across any. The "kids" which supposedly form the foundation of the plot, that having kids wrecks your marriage, are nearly non existent except when these urban super-couples are seemingly having meltdowns and the 'kids' are in Defcon 3 tantrum mode. Color me cynical but the reason that marriages with kids fail isn't because of the kids, in fact that old saw 'we stayed together for the children' is often sadly more true than not.

Be that as it may. My main objection is the dialog. The lead never shuts up, literally never. Not for a second. She talks like a meth'd up high school cheerleader the entire time. And there are whole scenes, where EVERY single character in the scene is yammering like crack monkeys nonstop at each other simultaneously. Except when Adam Scott is launching into a snarky monologue about how cool it is to be as cool as him.

I would have given it 3 stars but +1 for finally putting Meagan Fox in a role where the character is as functionally retarded as she is in real life and doesn't pull any punches. Most of the characters are supposed to be in their mid 30's they act 20 and they make fun of young 20-something Meagan for acting 14. The only character who plays to type is the little kid, who in less than a year grows from birth to age 5 but supposedly is 2 and acts it. If there's a sequel he'll be graduating Colombia Law.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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