Last night I had a chance to screen Friends with Kids, a modern romantic comedy written, and directed by (Kissing Jessica Stein.) Jennifer Westfeldt, who also stars in the picture. The premise: two best friends decide to have a kid together but to stay platonic in order to avoid the deterioration of marriage which they perceive in the lives of their married friends with kids.
I loved the film. I am a sucker for the romantic comedy genre, and for the subject matter as well — which is really about how to reconcile contemporary love/parenthood with modern longings for freedom, romance, and well, hot steamy sex. Much as the show UP ALL NIGHT grapples with the onset of a new baby thrusting the lead characters’ lives into an un-cool, frumpy domesticity, so does Friends With Kids explore the question: Does the birth of a child mean the death of adult fun?
I will not give away the story of the film but will tell you that this ensemble comedy is a must see date night movie. The dialogue is brilliant full of truisms about life with small children. It had the tone of Woody Allen’s early work to me, and I mean that as the highest compliment. The acting is stellar with the all star comedic cast: Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, Adam Scott, and the filmmaker, Jennifer Westfeldt. So book a sitter and make a date. I promise you will have a laugh at this film which examines parental life as you know it.