Monday, March 19, 2012

FRIENDS WITH KIDS - with grownup kids

Jennifer Westfeldt is a delightful actress to behold as well as a gifted nascent director. The cast is well chosen to provide a partly heartwarming, partly gut wrenching script.

It's a bit odd that no less than four of the actors from Bridesmaids appear in this film but they all manifest distinctly different personas which is certainly an attribute to their acting skills. Jon Hamm, however, (who also happens to be married to Westfeldt) was still the token douchebag. I believe this to be Megan Fox's best role so far; she was well cast and played the hot, young, itinerant NYC dancer to perfection. Westfeldt, herself, brought her usual beaming personality to the fore. She has been a delight in both Kissing Jessica Stein, which she cowrote, and Ira & Abby. I like her movies, they seem to me to be a bit more on the witty bizarre end of romantic comedies but that is a good thing and true deviation from the usual Nicholas Sparks or Gary Marshall schmaltz fest.

Interestingly I think the beginning and the end of the film were it's worst attributes and quite telling of a new director, nevertheless the long middle was quite superb. Check it out.

Recommended Viewing: Ira & Abby - Kissing Jessica Stein - Please Give

              Bob Scale: Objective: 7.5   -   Subjective: 8.0
             MetaCritic: 55
 Rotten Tomatoes: 62
                      IMDB: 6.3

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