72: Friends with Kids

Friends with Kids – March 9, 2012
Starring: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Kristen Wigg, Jon Hamm
Written and directed by: Jennifer Westfeldt

The plot: “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.” – IMDB

My thoughts: So, I’m more than a little in love with Adam Scott so how could I say no to this? HOW?! The answer is, of course, “Kaitie, you can’t say no to it!” So I didn’t.

And it was okay. It was somewhat funny, somewhat heartwarming, somewhat romantic, somewhat everything. The acting was good – not sure anyone really had to step outside of their comfort zones for their roles, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

I laughed most at Adam Scott’s parts because frankly, I find him to be delightfully hilarious and has such wonderful comedic timing. And I actually enjoyed Kristen Wiig as being the woman who married an asshole – it was a bit more dramatic than she usually plays and it was nice to see that she wasn’t too shabby at that.

My biggest fault with the movie is that it ends in a predictable, romantic cliche. For once, I want to see Hollywood end a movie that isn’t perfectly happy, where not everyone gets everything they want. Sometimes, people get screwed over and that’s life. I’m going to spoil this movie, but really, it isn’t too spoilery because if you can’t see the end coming from a mile away then you need to become more well-versed in the land of film.

So, basically, Julie (Westfeldt) and Jason (Scott) are the best of friends. And they decide to have a kid together and just remain best friends and raise the kid. Inevitably, Julie falls in love with Jason, thus proving the whole Harry and Sally thing right. Thanks, Hollywood. And then Jason makes a big speech about how he loves Julie, which she takes as a mutual feeling but he really just meant he loves her a lot as a best friend. This breaks Julie’s heart and she has to move away. But a few months later, Jason miraculously realizes that *gasp* he does love Julie romantically and they end up together and probably with another child.

The thing that’s shitty is that Jason’s rejection of Julie felt really honest and real. He seemed genuinely taken aback and showed little inclination to try at a romantic relationship with her. To me, the ending seemed like a totally, happily-ever-after cop-out. The movie did a pretty good job of dealing with life rather than focusing on romantic-comedy situations. It was pretty honest right up until that last part. And it let me down.

It was enjoyable – I absolutely laughed out loud a few times and as a hormonal young woman, I was happy to see the girl get the guy at the end, but my inner critic was not so happy with that.

Stars: 3/5


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