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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.

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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:

Love. Happiness. Kids. Pick two. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Plan perfecto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,017,466, 11 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,250,054, 10 June 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Ben: So, why didn't you guys ever even try to get together?
Jason Fryman: It's too much familiarity. It's like she's one of my limbs.
Ben: And that's bad, because...?
Jason Fryman: Because I hate myself.
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Connections

Referenced in Conan: Dead Men Tell No Amusing Anecdotes (2011) See more »

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Sweet Little Baby Boy
Written by James Brown and Nat Jones
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A nice effort but it kind of caves in on itself.
12 December 2011 | by Rockwell_CronenbergSee all my reviews

I hate when comedies try to be "real". For some reason a writer will feel that they know the secret to human beings that will totally connect with audiences and make them say, "Finally, someone gets it." Of course this never works and it always comes off as artificial and forced from the actors. Thankfully this doesn't happen so much here with Jennifer Westfeldt's directorial debut (she also wrote it). There are a few moments where this can slightly creep in, but for the most part it actually tackles things in a refreshing, honest way and I was surprised by that.

Of course the premise (two thirtysomething best friends decide to stop waiting and have a kid together) is straight from the rom-com horsecrap handbook, but there are some turns along the way that I thought were surprisingly dark and genuine for something with such a cheap, hokey idea. There are some scenes that key into the stupidity of it all and I was impressed with how Westfeldt's script delved into that. Then again the film does end up being a pretty standard rom-com at the end of it all, so it kind of takes a jab at itself in the end.

Westfeldt assembled a nice group of her actor friends to play out the parts, but unfortunately she didn't have the smarts to cast someone other than herself in the lead. Her co-lead Adam Scott and the supporting cast are all fantastic here, in particular Jon Hamm who steals the entire movie as far as I'm concerned, but the director herself is a very cold and robotic actor. It was hard to feel anything for her or her dynamic with Scott when I couldn't even buy her as a real person. Overall though, this is a solid film of it's type with slightly better writing, a great cast for the most part and unfortunately one god awful ending.


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