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Friends with Kids (DVD)
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Friends with Kids (DVD)
Advantages: A few laugh out loud moments
Disadvantages: Not enough funny moments, slow plot, bad acting, boring!
The film is about a group of 6 friends, 2 couples - Missie & Ben (Kristen Wiig & Jon Hamm) Leslie & Alex (Maya Rudolph & Chris O'Dowd) and 2 friends Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) Julie and Jason are the main characters in the film and it introduces us to their unusual relationship of best friends in their 30s who spend time with 2 other couples.
The film then jumps 4 years where both couples have had children and as a result of this their marriages are suffering and they have become unhappy. The 6 friends get together for dinner which goes horribly wrong ending in arguments between the 2 couples and their children. After dinner Julie and Jason decide its better to have children first then look for your life long partner, so they decide to have a child together even though they have never be romantically involved.
When they do have the baby things go surprisingly well and the pair cope well, this is until they both meet partners. Jason gets together with a broadway dancer called Mary Jane (Megan Fox) and Julie meets a divorced contractor called Kurt (Edward Burns) They then go on a holiday with their couple friends and bring their own new partners along to. What follows is a rather awkward holiday which highlights the cracks that are beginning to form in all the relationships.
This then leaves us to find out the fate of each of the couples and if their relationships will survive.
I really want that impressed with the film. The main reason being that, bar a few moments, the film really wasn't that funny nor was it trying to be for the majority. I felt it was marketed as a comedy, yes a romantic comedy, but something that would be funny in the most part. Instead the film turned out to be a romance with the odd funny moment. I found this really disappointing, especially since I couldn't help but compare it to the hilarious bridesmaids. Perhaps if I had been expecting a more serious romantic film I might have enjoyed it, but instead I just felt bored and disappointed, and like I was constantly waiting for it to get funny!
The second big disappointment of the film was the fact that the all-star cast wasn't quite what I expected. The people I had been looking forward to seeing such as Kristen Wiig and the other cast members who starred in Bridesmaids, actually hardly featured in the film. The majority of the film revolved around the protagonists played by Westfeldt and Scott. This was really disappointing as I was looking forward to seeing these particular actors and felt it was a bit of a con that they were shown so much in the advert!
The plot itself started off well for the first 30-40 mins when it is introducing the characters and it kept me entertained, but then after a certain point it became a bit tiresome and seemed to be dwelling on the same point with no movement, nor any entertaining moments to compensate. I got that feeling where you start trying to predict the ending and wish the film would finish sooner.
The main characters that we see in the film are Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott. Neither inspired me particularly and didn't do anything to help the already failing film. My opinion was open to both actors as I hadn't seen either before but I wouldn't rate either one. I was also quite disappointed by the other cast members such as Kristen Wiig, the acting came across as half-hearted and the characters hard to take to or believe. None of it seemed natural and it came off looking very amateur, which is a shame as there are some big names in there some of which have done a really good job in other films.
I was really disappointed in this film, yes it had a few funny laugh-out-loud moments but there weren't enough to make up for the slow plot and poor acting. I rarely get bored during a film but whilst watching this I was looking forward to the ending and getting out! Therefore I wouldn't recommend this film to anyone.