Saturday March 25th 2017

Friends With Kids

Friends With Kids is entertaining. It has a great cast, a very interesting story, and enough romance to make any first date memorable.

But…it’s still not that great.

Adam Scott is on top of his game. Jennifer Westfeldt seems to be very capable of balancing writing, producing, and directing the flick all while she’s portraying the protagonist on-screen.

But…it’s still not that great.

Jon Hamm, although under utilized, nails his character – his standard wealthy, womanizing character. The loveable Chris O’Dowd was hilarious with his on-screen wife, Maya Rudolph. Kristin Wiig was in the movie, but if you nod off for 30 seconds, you’d never know.

It has the aura of a standard romantic comedy: What do two single people do when all their friends have babies? How do they react? The story takes a unique turn though. Those two single people, who have been friends for nearly two decades, decide to have a baby of their own. But, the twist is they have no feelings for one another. They are simply engaging in the act to produce a baby they can essentially share while they continue their search for the “one.” That’s about as far as the creativity goes, though.

Aside from an extremely entertainingly and hilariously awkward scene in a ski cabin (Jon Hamm and Adam Scott rock this scene, by the way), the movie is near forgettable. It’s just missing something. You know, that something that makes you go, “Good lord, that movie was hilarious.” Instead, you go, “Eh, that movie wasn’t too bad.”

Not too bad.

Is it worth seeing? Sure. Probably. I doubt you’ll be disappointed. You’ll enjoy yourself, you’ll laugh, but you’ll walk out of the theater wondering what the point was of the last two hours you spent in a dark theater.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe this movie just isn’t geared toward a guy like me. In which case, forget everything I just wrote and go out and see this movie three times this weekend…and then report back with your rave review.

But…I bet you’ll still say it’s not that great.

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