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Friends With Kids

Year: 2011
Production Co: Red Granite Pictures
Director: Jennifer Westfeldt
Producer: Jennifer Westfeldt
Writer: Jennifer Westfeldt
Cast: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Chris O'Down, Maya Rudoplh, Kirsten Wiig, Jon Hamm, Ed Burns

It looked and sounded like a hip New York romantic comedy, it had a lot of the jokes and characters you expect, but at least it was trying to say something more. Kissing Jessica Stein star Jennifer Westfeldt couldn't help but give it some extra dimension because she's not a studio whore like the other romantic New York comedy directors who seem more interested in showcasing funky loft apartments than understanding the human condition.

Jason (Scott) and Julie (Westfeldt) are best friends, he a serial womaniser, she yet another young female Woody Allen figure (another of the least original aspects). They're surrounded by friends who see their lives transformed for the better or worse from having kids, and surmise that it's trying to have a relationship and kids at the same time is what's driving them all crazy (and apart).

So they decide to have a baby together, share parenting and not have a relationship. While Jason embarks on a relationship with a babe (Fox) and Julie thinks she's found love with a great guy (Burns), everything seems to be going swimmingly while their friends' relationships turn toxic and implode around them, seeming to prove their theory.

But despite the hip cred, in the end it's saying the same thing as Friends With Benefits and No Strings Attached and a million other romantic dramedies right back to When Harry Met Sally – ultimately men and women can't just be friends and have to end up together. The ending feels tacked on at the insistence of a studio that demanded a happy ending before they'd give Westfeldt her money.

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