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Friends With Kids (2012)



Critic Consensus: Sharp, shrewd, and funny, Friends with Kids features excellent performances that help smooth over some of the story's more conventional elements.

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Friends with Kids is a daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes. The last two singles in the group observe the effect that kids have had on their friends' relationships and wonder if there's a better way. They decide to have a kid together - and date other people. There are big laughs and unexpected emotional truths as this unconventional 'experiment' leads everyone in the group to question the nature of friendship, family and, finally, true love. -- (C) Official Site

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Adam Scott
as Jason Fryman
Jennifer Westfeldt
as Julie Keller
Megan Fox
as Mary Jane
Lee Bryant
as Elaine Keller
Kelly Bishop
as Marcy Fryman
Cotter Smith
as Phil Fryman
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Critic Reviews for Friends With Kids

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (59)

Blending Jennifer Westfeldt's talky, observational style with the kind of irreverent humour that helped Bridesmaids bridge the gender divide, Friends With Kids explores love, marriage and child-rearing with gusto and wit.

August 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Westfeldt's screenplay is often sharp, shrewd and funny...

June 29, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If you see this on at the cinema, walk on by.

June 28, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It's left to the wonderful Scott, with his satyr's face and killer timing, to carry the movie through thick and thin.

June 28, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Sadly the film then downhill-races to a feelgood, feel-inauthentic ending. But for 90 of 107 minutes it is cracklingly good.

June 28, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's difficult to muster the will to get behind these fools, and yet there are stretches where Westfeldt's script glows, such as an expertly executed dinner-table fracas, which manages to engage the entire ensemble.

June 28, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Friends With Kids


It is frustrating to see this intriguing idea and a smart first half lead to a predictable and moralizing message about love and the "importance of family" when it comes to having kids - something so clichéd that it bogs down the whole potential of its premise.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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How easy is it to fall in love with Adam Scott? Too easy. His perfectly tousled man-coif. His boyish but faintly rat-looking nose-mouth combo. His extraordinary ability to tear up at the drop of a hat. His brand of deathly serious deadpan that is neither sarcastic nor snarky. Herein lies the problem: Scott's Jason is such a lovable guy that it's completely unbelievable that he's the shallow womanizer the plot calls for him to be. He treats his platonic bestie, Julie, like a queen. He entertains her neurotic wee-AM phone calls. He never fails to address her as "Doll," his schmaltzy, old-fashioned moniker for her. Why? It's unclear HOW they became friends, WHY nothing ever happened (beyond the truly weak argument of lack of physical attraction), HOW they maintain their old married couple ease, and WHY he doesn't bend over backward like this for any other woman. Is it because he only has room for one most important woman in his life? Is it because he's in denial about his non-platonic feelings for her? Are they both so blind? Jason and Julie's partnership is too cute and too cooked. Their romantic union is fairly predictable. This is not to say Jennifer Westfeldt isn't still a remarkable triple threat who creates great films for and about women. The existential questions that come with life, love, and responsibility are witty and devastating. Jason and Julie's hairbrained scheme to have a baby with each other is charming, and it's satisfying to see how together they have it (at first). The cast shines with chaotic humor and cuts with gross cruelty. I rather like Megan Fox, and she plays the perfect hot girl with subtle glamour. Jason's declaration of love and loyalty for the mother of his children is just the tenderest of juggernauts. All in all, an enjoyable movie dampened by an unrealistic/confusing male lead and a cheap, hurried reconciliation that overemphasizes physical and sexual attraction.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Man, I love movies like this. This one is not as polished as Kissing Jessica Stein, and suffers from the same weak ending, but I could still totally watch this again. Megan Fox makes for some serious eye candy and Adam Scott is surprisingly charming. My only gripe (SPOILER ALERT) is that these romcoms could subconsciously convince previously-sensible people to wait around for playaz to come to maturity or come to their senses.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

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