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Friends With Kids (2012)


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 138
Fresh: 92
Rotten: 46

Critics Consensus: Sharp, shrewd, and funny, Friends with Kids features excellent performances that help smooth over some of the story's more conventional elements.

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 22
Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: Sharp, shrewd, and funny, Friends with Kids features excellent performances that help smooth over some of the story's more conventional elements.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 33,573


Movie Info

Friends with Kids is a daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes. The last two singles in the group observe the effect that kids have had on their friends' relationships and wonder if there's a better way. They decide to have a kid together - and date other people. There are big laughs and unexpected emotional truths as this unconventional 'experiment' leads everyone in the group to question the … More

R (for sexual content and language)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Jennifer Westfeldt
In Theaters:
Jul 17, 2012
Box Office:
Roadside Attractions - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Friends With Kids

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (92) | Rotten (46) | DVD (7)

It's safe to assume its sharp comments on what kids can do to marriage - and friendships - come from years of observation.

Full Review… | June 26, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Pleasant but overfamiliar.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Top Critic

Sitcom-amusing, in that middle-of-the-road way.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Denver Post
Top Critic

It's the kind of cutesy idea that doesn't ring remotely true.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

This is a sharp, funny, touching and utterly winning slice of New York.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Top Critic

[A] crass, shallow cash-in.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Top Critic

Surprisingly funny and wickedly smart, this romantic dramedy soars.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

As she did with her first script, the gender-bending 'Kissing Jessica Stein,' Westfeldt goes for something radical and winds up pulling her punches when things start getting interesting.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Trying to figure what is the most offensive thing about this accidental mashup of 70s Woody Allen and Sex and the City...

Full Review… | November 12, 2012
Flick Filosopher

Movies of this genre normally want you to root for the couple to end up together. All this one had me doing was hoping that someone would smack them upside the head and talk some sense into them.

Full Review… | September 16, 2012

Ultimately, Friends With Kids is an unconventional family drama that uses conventional romantic comedy clichés to make its point.

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
We Got This Covered

I'd rather have my head stuck in a vise than be forced to sit through another viewing.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012

Friends with Kids is funny and likable and while the dialogue is often bawdy and sexually frank, its elements are completely fairytale, including a climax involving a cross-town dash.

Full Review… | July 1, 2012
Observer [UK]

Adam Scott takes the leading male role as Jason Fryman. Were such a thing possible, he looks like he could be the son of Tom Cruise and Michael Sheen, minus their celebrity baggage.

Full Review… | June 29, 2012
Birmingham Mail

Westfeldt's screenplay is often sharp, shrewd and funny...

Full Review… | June 29, 2012
This is London

Sure this is going to draw some comparisons to Bridesmaids - and understandably so - but still there are some great performances and touching moments.

Full Review… | June 29, 2012
Sun Online

Friends With Kids is a smart, witty and potty-mouthed confection that uses an intriguing premise as a hook for a familiar tale of soulmates who are blinkered to the deep love that binds them.

Full Review… | June 29, 2012
Liverpool Echo

Friends With Kids is a smart, witty and potty-mouthed confection that uses an intriguing premise as a hook for a familiar tale of soulmates who are blinkered to the deep love that binds them.

Full Review… | June 29, 2012
Liverpool Echo

If the leads ultimately conform to rom-com type, there's enough messiness, heartbreak and hurt around them to stop the movie becoming cosily bland.

Full Review… | June 29, 2012
Movie Talk

It's conventional, dull and unconsciously nasty.

Full Review… | June 28, 2012
Daily Mail [UK]

If you see this on at the cinema, walk on by.

Full Review… | June 28, 2012

It's left to the wonderful Scott, with his satyr's face and killer timing, to carry the movie through thick and thin.

Full Review… | June 28, 2012
Daily Telegraph

Sadly the film then downhill-races to a feelgood, feel-inauthentic ending. But for 90 of 107 minutes it is cracklingly good.

Full Review… | June 28, 2012
Financial Times

It's difficult to muster the will to get behind these fools, and yet there are stretches where Westfeldt's script glows, such as an expertly executed dinner-table fracas, which manages to engage the entire ensemble.

Full Review… | June 28, 2012
Little White Lies

It's hardly a relatable scenario but there's something compelling about it all the same as these two not wholly sympathetic characters try and have their cake and eat it.

Full Review… | June 27, 2012
Daily Express

While this results in some genuine moments of truth, most scenes feel forced to fit the standard rom-com template.

Full Review… | June 27, 2012
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for Friends With Kids

How easy is it to fall in love with Adam Scott? Too easy. His perfectly tousled man-coif. His boyish but faintly rat-looking nose-mouth combo. His extraordinary ability to tear up at the drop of a hat. His brand of deathly serious deadpan that is neither sarcastic nor snarky.

Herein lies the problem: Scott's Jason is such a lovable guy that it's completely unbelievable that he's the shallow womanizer the plot calls for him to be. He treats his platonic bestie, Julie, like a queen. He entertains her neurotic wee-AM phone calls. He never fails to address her as "Doll," his schmaltzy, old-fashioned moniker for her. Why? It's unclear HOW they became friends, WHY nothing ever happened (beyond the truly weak argument of lack of physical attraction), HOW they maintain their old married couple ease, and WHY he doesn't bend over backward like this for any other woman. Is it because he only has room for one most important woman in his life? Is it because he's in denial about his non-platonic feelings for her? Are they both so blind? Jason and Julie's partnership is too cute and too cooked. Their romantic union is fairly predictable.

This is not to say Jennifer Westfeldt isn't still a remarkable triple threat who creates great films for and about women. The existential questions that come with life, love, and responsibility are witty and devastating. Jason and Julie's hairbrained scheme to have a baby with each other is charming, and it's satisfying to see how together they have it (at first). The cast shines with chaotic humor and cuts with gross cruelty. I rather like Megan Fox, and she plays the perfect hot girl with subtle glamour. Jason's declaration of love and loyalty for the mother of his children is just the tenderest of juggernauts.

All in all, an enjoyable movie dampened by an unrealistic/confusing male lead and a cheap, hurried reconciliation that overemphasizes physical and sexual attraction.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Man, I love movies like this. This one is not as polished as Kissing Jessica Stein, and suffers from the same weak ending, but I could still totally watch this again. Megan Fox makes for some serious eye candy and Adam Scott is surprisingly charming. My only gripe (SPOILER ALERT) is that these romcoms could subconsciously convince previously-sensible people to wait around for playaz to come to maturity or come to their senses.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

Two close friends decide to have a child but maintain their search for "The One."
Jennifer Westfeldt is fast becoming one of my favorite new filmmakers. It is right that she works with Edward Burns in this film because their films have similar milieus, and her slice-of-life comedies bare the mark of Woody Allen's influence. She may make her way to my list of favorite neurotic Jews, an honor that all should aspire to. Her comic eye is sharp, her dialogue is extraordinarily witty, and her direction has Burns's and Allen's ease.
As he often does, Adam Scott gives an exceptional performance as Westfeldt's leading man. He's got such great comic timing, balanced by an ability to turn on sharp intensity when the dramatic scenes call for it.
The story seems quite familiar, delving in to how children can throw lives astray but also how getting older changes friendships. Westfeldt may be young, but she's got an old, cynical soul, tempered by a charming romanticism; only she could make "I want to fuck the shit out of you" the most romantic line in the film.
Overall, Friends with Kids is an exceptionally strong film from a gifted filmmaker.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Surprisingly, didn't mind this one. Good cast lift what is a pretty dull topic. A few laughs and a few cringes and a happy ending.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Friends With Kids Quotes

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.
– Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
Jason Fryman:
She over-French pronounces French words.
– Submitted by Kate V (2 years ago)
Mary Jane:
F**k the s**t out of me!
– Submitted by Vern H (2 years ago)
Julie Keller:
It feels like it's coming out of my ass!
– Submitted by Christopher A (2 years ago)
He's like an annoying dog... of a brother.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
Jason Fryman:
It's like... she's one of my limbs.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)

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