Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Friends with Kids Review - 2 Stars

Independent filmmaker Jennifer Westfeldt has a knack for great dialog and interesting scripts.   In “Friends with Kids” three young couples begin their adult lives in Manhattan.  When two of the couples have children— everything changes.  Westfeldt and Adam Scott play friends not lovers unnerved by their friends new lives.   But they both want children and decide to create a child outside love and marriage.  The rest is predictable but the journey to their falling for each other is highly entertaining thanks to wonderful witty dialog.  What “Friends with Kids” lacks in a convincing ending.  In fact the audience I watched with groaned long and loud at the frankly lousy conclusion.  I’ll be interested to see her next film and I think she has great talent but this effort needed one or two more script revisions.  Good cast includes Jon Hamm, Edward Burns, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Comedy romance with a bad finish.  Is it entertaining?  Some nice moments.  Is it worth the price of admission?  A misfire.