Friends with Kids
Hit-and-miss comedy starring Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt
A hit-and-miss comedy with a silly, but interesting, idea behind it: Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt, also the film’s writer and director) are best friends who decide, based on their married friends’ post-baby relationships, that having children is the death knell for wedded bliss. They come up with a plan to have a child together so that they can each go on to find their perfect partners and live happily ever after without needing more children. It sounds ridiculous, but the scene in which Jason and Julie hatch their plan is actually very funny. Also in the film’s favour is the fantastic cast, which includes Edward Burns, Kristen Wiig and a particularly on-form Jon Hamm. The problem with the film is its muddled tone: to begin with it is broad, vulgar and mostly unfunny, and then, all too late, it develops into a more effective Woody Allen-esque relationship comedy. But it does have the funniest nappy-changing scene of the year, and that’s got to be worth something.
General release from Fri 29 Jun.