Friends with Kids (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  16 March 2012 (USA)
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Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships.


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Julie and Jason have been best friends for years with no romantic interest in each other. He sleeps with someone new every few days, and she's looking for Mr. Right. Now in their thirties, they notice that their friends seem to lose all their good qualities when they have children - child rearing and the spark of Eros don't seem to co-exist. So, they decide to have a child together, share in child rearing, but pursue their own romantic lives. Things go well until he meets Mary Jane and she meets Kurt. Both seem like perfect mates. What could go wrong? Written by <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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16 March 2012 (USA)  »

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$2,017,466 (USA) (9 March 2012)


$7,250,054 (USA) (8 June 2012)

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The opening sequence that starts with a shot of the book The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins on Jason Fryman's (Adam Scott) nightstand was intended to end with a shot of the late Christopher Hitchens book on Julie Keller's (Jennifer Westfeldt) nightstand. A dilemma followed over whether the shot of Hitchen's book should stay in the film given the author's recent death. The shot of Hitchen's book was ultimately dropped due to time. See more »


When Jason describes his girlfriend Mary Jane to Julie and insists that she should meet her, while leaving the house Julie's white scarf is tied in one scene and untied in the next scene. See more »


Ben: So, why didn't you guys ever even try to get together?
Jason Fryman: It's too much familiarity. It's like she's one of my limbs.
Ben: And that's bad, because...?
Jason Fryman: Because I hate myself.
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Marriage and family life as Hollywood imagines it
20 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Friends With Kids is marriage life as imagined by the Hollywood Elite. After seeing this film, if one didn't live in the real world, one might think that marriage is an awful state to be in, kids are nothing more than annoying pets, crude talk is completely commonplace, and that love is the same as sex.

It feels that this movie was written by someone who was never married...and, it turns out, it was! Hollywood has become so distanced from the real world of middle class people that they think their world is mainstream. The average family loves their kids, cannot afford nannies, believes in the commitment of marriage, and understands that real love between two people is not just an expression that can be only conveyed in the act of sex.

Adam Scott as the lead actor only has a few expressions which he uses over and over again. Jennifer Westfeldt, as the annoying lead female, is far too in love with herself...she wrote the movie, directed the movie, and gives herself the majority of screen time

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