Lionsgate UK is delighted to announce the home entertainment release of Friends With Kids and I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of the DVD to review ahead of its release here in the UK on November 12th.
Friends With Kids is written, directed and stars Jennifer Westfeldt and the all star cast includes Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox, Adam Scott, Edward Burns and Jon Hamm.
Jason (played by Adam Scott) and Julie (played by Jennifer Westfeldt) are the last two singles in a close group of thirty-something friends. They see the effect that kids have had on their friends’ relationship and wonder if there’s a better way. To be fair, if they were my friends I think I would have done the same. It left me feeling more than relieved that having children has never savaged my relationship quite like it had theirs but there you go!
Anyway, Jason and Julie eventually decide to have a child together but still date other people. Friends with kids. There are lots of laughs along the way and unexpected emotional truths as this unconventional experiment leads everyone in the group to question the nature of friendship, family and as you might have expected, true love.
I really enjoyed this film. Yes it was slightly predictable but that’s not necessarily a bad thing and if anything, it made the story feel more genuine. I have to admit that I didn’t quite warm to Julie who was the lead character but I think the fact that I liked the other characters made it all the more watchable. (Although more scenes with Jon Hamm wouldn’t have gone amiss but I could apply that to pretty much any film ever made. Swoon.)
Friends With Kids is released on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download on 12th November 2012.