'Friends with Kids' Examiner Movie Review, Written by: Karen Benardello
People often say when they start families that nothing’s going to change, and their personalities are going to stay the same. But once the strain of parenthood starts to negatively affect their lives and ruin their happiness, their single friends quickly become daunted by the idea of marriage and having children. This is amusingly showcased in the new comedy ‘Friends with Kids,’ which will debut in select Long Island theaters on Friday. People will be left questioning what happens to the romance in relationships after starting families, and if marriages can truly survive the strains of parenthood.
‘Friends with Kids’ follows two single thirty-something Manhattanites, Jason (played by Adam Scott) and Julie (portrayed by Jennifer Westfeldt), who have been best friends since college. After seeing their best friends, two married couples-Leslie and Alex (played by Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd, respectively) and Ben and Missy (portrayed by Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig, respectively)-completely change after having children, Jason and Julie question if this is what happens after pregnancy. The two best friends ponder if it’s possible to have both romance and children at the same time.
Jason and Julie decide to have a child together, and initially, much to everyone’s surprise, they’re both happy with the arrangement. Jason begins dating Broadway dancer Mary Jane (played by Megan Fox), and Julie starts a relationship with a divorced father, Kurt (portrayed by native New Yorker Edward Burns). Despite both of their romantic relationships beginning to get serious, both Jason and Julie start questioning their feelings for each other.
‘Friends with Kids’ comically and realistically shows what happens when people start to see all of their friends getting married and having children, and they start to question how life has started to change so quickly. Jason and Julie know they want romantic relationships and children of their own, and feel the pressure to speed up the process when Leslie, Alex, Ben and Missy start having families. Jason and Julie seem like an obvious pairing together, as they both know each other extremely well and have the same outlooks on life. Their friends and families question how long their arrangement will last before it starts to disintegrate.
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