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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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:

$2,019,083, 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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Trivia

Jennifer Westfeldt wanted Jake Kasdan to direct it, but Jake Kasdan turned it down, opted to produce it instead, but was the one that suggested that Jennifer Westfeldt herself directed it. 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

Jason Fryman: Look, we really wanna have a kid.
Julie Keller: Yeah.
Jason Fryman: We just don't want to subject that kid to our tragic marriage.
Leslie: Our tragic marriage?
Jason Fryman: No, OUR
[indicating Julie and himself]
Jason Fryman: tragic marriage.
Julie Keller: The one we would have.
Jason Fryman: Us.
Julie Keller: I mean see, we-we, um, we just, you know we don't wanna fall in-in the trap that most of our friends have...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.118 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Rosemary Clooney
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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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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