Can having a child actually improve your chances of finding a hotter sexual partner? Writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt answers that burning question with the heart-felt comedy Friends with Kids.
Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Westfeldt) have been lifelong pals who have dreamed of finding their significant other and having kids, but their relentless search has always ended in failure. In fact, their idyllic views of marriage with kids eventually fade after observing their friends' deteriorating family and sex life. Desperate to have a baby without all the emotional hang ups and convinced that having a child would improve their prospects for sexual partners, the two BFFs have a drunken hook up, resulting in the birth of their son.
All goes well with their platonic parental arrangement -- that is until Megan Fox and Ed Burns enter the picture. Suddenly, the two friends must come to terms with their true feelings for each other or risk losing whatever chance they have together.
Friends with Kids is at its funniest when the couples (Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig & Chris O'Dowd and Maya Rudolph) share their peeves and sometimes contempt for each other. Indeed, Westfeldt's frankness in her script will hit close to home for many married audience members. However, the film goes off track when Westfeldt focuses on Jason and Julie's separate relationships. When Adam Scott and Megan Fox's characters first meet in the park, it's awkward and unconvincing. Moreover, Westfeldt and Burns have very little chemistry together.
But Westfeldt's biggest faux-pas is under-utilizing Kristen Wiig, who truly shines in the movie. Audiences fell in love with Wiig in her summer hit Bridesmaids and considering most of that cast is in Friends with Kids, they'll definitely come with high expectations. Unfortunately, for them, they'll be disappointed.
Friends with Kids is a good film, but not worth hiring a babysitter for. Keep it on your DVD wish list.