If you have to pick two between Love, Happiness, and Kids, what would you choose?
If you interested in answering that question, you may watch Friends with Kids (2012). Reviewing films on the blog actually not my forte (except if it’s a job, or get I paid for it), but this indie romantic-comedy has touched me in some way. Plus, since I’m a big fan of Bridesmaids (2011), my thought that this film must be something (hello again Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, Chris O’Dowd). And heck I’m right.
Meet Ben & Missy (Wiig & Hamm), a married couple and were once in such deep lust, Leslie & Alex (Rudolph & O’Dowd), an ordinary married couple with two kids, and Julie & Jason (Jennifer Westfeldt & Adam Scott), best-friends-for-life who live in the same apartment building. When they gather together at a fine dining restaurant, Ben-Missy and Leslie-Alex are announcing that they are both expecting a child. With that announcement, Julie and Jason realize that their ‘clocks’ are ticking to have kids, just like their friends. Fearing that they can’t have kinds (because they both haven’t find their love), finally they decided to have a child together, while seeking life partners somewhere. I know that this plot presumably predictable, but please, this film will touch you beyond that (at least for me).
This casual-parenthood movie filled with clever dialogues. I love how Westfeldt (she plays Julie, also the director, producer, and made the screenplay) shows how parenthood defines character and the painful truths regarding the issue. It’s funny and touching, and it stings at the same time either about marriage life, parenthood, or about the complexity of a friendship between man and woman.
Don’t ask about the cast, because for the cast is a perfect (and powerful) ensemble.
This film provides you like a ‘crunchy’ harmony, and for that you will not get bored to watch this over and over again (at least for me, when I can’t stop munching cassava chips).
Here’s the trailer.