'Friends with Kids' a funny, sassy comedy that tackles a serious subject

'Friends with Kids' a funny, sassy comedy that tackles a serious subject

Steve Salles, Standard-Examiner movie critic - March 9th, 2012
3 stars

Two platonic best friends, Jason and Julie (Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt), decide to have a child and share the responsibility without the strings of commitment or marriage.

They’ve seen their happy-go-lucky married friends turn into angry zombies once kids enter the picture. They’re determined to not let that happen to them.

The unusual arrangement seems to be working splendidly; they are respectful of each other’s space, but truly love and nurture their new son.

Eventually, Jason falls for younger Mary Jane (Megan Fox), but it soon becomes clear that Julie is less than thrilled with this third-wheel intrusion into their weird little family dynamic.

Their couple friends, including Jon Hamm with Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph with Chris O’Dowd (all from the “Bridesmaids” cast), are skeptical that Jason and Julie can make this work, especially when Edward Burns enters Julie’s dating life.

This script is filled with saucy, clever dialogue and funny situations as you would expect from this comedic cast, but it also has a lot more dramatic weight, which made it actually compelling.

Having the ever-wisecracking Adam Scott take a serious and sincere turn caught me off guard. I honestly didn’t think he had it in him. It was a pleasant surprise, as was this movie.

 

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