Los Angeles Times
Date: 2012-03-09
Author: Sheri Linden, Special To The Los Angeles Times

Article Mentions
Author, Sheri Linden, Special To The Los Angeles Times
Mentioned, Adam Scott
Mentioned, Maya Rudolph
Mentioned, Megan Fox
Mentioned, Kristen Wiig
Mentioned, Jennifer Westfeldt
Mentioned, Jon Hamm
Mentioned, Jessica Stein
Mentioned, Molly Bloom
Mentioned, Chris O'Dowd
Mentioned, Hollywood
It's a law of nature that every generation believes they bring unprecedented insight to the balancing act of child rearing and marriage. Far less certain is whether, in the second decade of the third millennium, there's anything new to say about the whole affair. Jennifer Westfeldt tries to get a fresh slant on the matter in her ensemble comedy "Friends With Kids." The mildly engaging, often exasperating feature poses a few good questions and offers some well-observed moments. Yet even as it zeros in on radical shifts in the mechanics and mores of parenthood, it sits quite comfortably in a well-worn romantic-comedy groove. The central couple, thirtysomething Manhattanites played by Westfeldt and Adam Scott, are not really a couple. They're ...(read more)
... It's a law of nature that every generation believes they bring unprecedented insight to the balancing act of child rearing and marriage. Far less certain is whether, in the second decade of the third millennium, there's anything new to say about the ...
... are not really a couple. They're best friends who share late-night phone chats while their respective dates lie sleeping next to them. Jason and Julie are in sync in every way except for the minor detail that, as he declares repeatedly (to her incre ...
... Chris O'Dowd and the filmmaker's real-life partner, Jon Hamm. But the interactions can also feel forced. Infant diarrhea and fraught nerves notwithstanding, these are seamless lives, where babies are rite-of-passage accessories. The biggest problem, ...
... who's clear-eyed, independent and unapologetic about not wanting children, and the exceedingly decent Kurt (Edward Burns), whose questions about Julie and Jason's arrangement spark a discussion that lays bare resentments and expectations. Westfeld ...


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