March 11, 2012
Westfeldt wears too many hats, and her film suffers.
Writer/director/producer/star Jennifer Westfeldt has a lot to say in "Friends With Kids"...a LOT. The first part of this film is so full of dialogue that it was like watching a hipster version of "The View". In an attempt to make the moments seem natural (I'm assuming), her cast simply talks over each other nonstop.
When the dust finally settles, we find Julie (Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott) deciding to have a child while maintaining their friendship, an idea that their friends think is ludicrous. And boy, is the joke on them- Julie and Jason's plan succeeds while their friends' relationships crumble and their parenting skills leave much to be desired. In the third act, when things get complicated and our comedy decides that it wants to be a drama, the lack of chemistry between Westfeldt and Scott left me uninvested in their future.
I really wanted to love "Friends With Kids", but it was pretentious, trying way too hard, and an absolute waste of the cast's talents
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