13 July 2012 | Argemaluco
Friends with Kids is mediocre, but moderately entertaining
North American cinema is already quite saturated of films about the vicissitudes from "pretty people", but in spite of that, I was interested in watching Friends with Kids because its cast included various solid actors, and because it was Jennifer Westfeldt's debut as a director. One of her previous works as a screenwriter was for the film Kissing Jessica Stein (one of my favorite romantic comedies), which had a sarcastic/indie/emotive voice which distinguished it from the competence, and that's exactly what I expected from Friends with Kids; however, I wasn't left very satisfied by this film, because even though it's a bit distant from being the typical romantic comedy, it sacrifices acid humor for the sake of commercialism, and it ends up being as predictable as most of the films from the same genre.
Friends with Kids offers some moderately interesting comments about the setbacks from marriage and the erosion of romance in front of the relentless onslaught of domestic co-existence. However, the screenplay quickly degenerates into clichés, and it employs forced conflicts and artificial drama in search of the drama, which isn't very credible nor satisfactory. What is more, there's a point in which the film is near from falling into the soap-opera field. Nevertheless, Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd and Jon Hamm (Westfeldt's romantic partner in real life) bring sincere performances, and they are the main reason why this film is worthy of a slight recommendation.
Friends with Kids spills in every frame the pretension from New Yorker "yuppie" cinema, with characters too plunged into their own melodrama in order to realize that many of their problems are absurd, and could have an easy solution if they were less selfish and more mature. Anyway, as I previously said, I can slightly recommend Friends with Kids mainly because of the competent performances.