Films

Friends With Kids

March 9th 2012
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • R,
  • 107 min,
  • Lionsgate
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  • Cast: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Megan Fox, Edward Burns, Lee Bryant, Kelly Bishop, Cotter Smith, Owen Bento, Derek Cecil, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Dean, Ilana Levine, Rekha Luther, Mila McConaughey, Minka McConaughey, Steven Weisz
  • Director: Jennifer Westfeldt
  • Writer: Jennifer Westfeldt
  • Producers: Joshua Astrachan, Riza Aziz, Lucy Barzun Donnelly, Jon Hamm, Jake Kasdan, Joey McFarland, Jennifer Westfeldt
  • Co Producer: Kathryn Dean
  • Executive Producers: Joe Gatta, Mike Nichols, John Sloss
  • Castings: Tiffany Little Canfield, Bernard Telsey, David Vaccari
  • Costume Design: Melissa Bruning
  • D.O.P.: William Rexer
  • Editor: Tara Timpone
  • Makeups: Cassandra Keating, Barbara Lacy
  • Music: Marcelo Zarvos
  • Production Design: Ray Kluga
  • Set Decoration: Nicole Duryea

Storyline

A daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes.

The last two singles in the group observe the effect that kids have had on their friends' relationships and wonder if there's a better way. They decide to have a kid together - and date other people.

There are big laughs and unexpected emotional truths as this unconventional 'experiment' leads everyone in the group to question the nature of friendship, family and, finally, true love.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Sexual content and language
  • Production Budget: $8 million
  • Production Companies: Locomotive, Points West Pictures, Red Granite Pictures
  • Production Schedule: December 2010 - January 2011

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Trivia

2011 Guide Analysis: "After wowing the independent film scene with her script for the delightful "Kissing Jessica Stein", actress Jennifer Westfeldt ("Notes from the Underbelly," "24") returns to filmmaking with this adult comedy/drama which she stars in, penned the script for, produces AND makes her feature directorial debut on.

In the wrong hands the premise could be a crass and formulaic disaster, with Westfeldt though one expects something more mature, intelligent and insightful. Certainly there's a wealth of territory to be explored here in regards to the way people's friendships change when children enter the equation. Just the societal pressure to conform to the 'happy family' model, one which a good portion of the population finds either archaic or simply not for them, would make for interesting subject matter to explore.

There's also the mannerism changes, from the faux interest those without kids tend to display in regards to hearing about their friend's kids feeding and toilet habits, to the sense of entitlement and even superiority sometimes displayed by those with kids who feel they're more mature, wise or even noble than their self-centered friends now that they have a lineage.

The casting is solid with Westfeldt's long-time partner and "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm co-starring along with two great comedy talents Adam Scott and Kristen Wiig. "Transformers" babe Megan Fox is also on hand in a role that will hopefully allow us to see a different side of her as an actress. Definitely one to look into."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 15 March 2012: Greece
  • 22 March 2012: Israel
  • 13 April 2012: Sweden
  • 3 May 2012: Russia
  • 7 June 2012: Australia, Brazil
  • 28 June 2012: Argentina
  • 29 June 2012: Finland, Ireland, UK
  • 5 July 2012: Netherlands