Friday, 15 June 2012
Friends with Kids review
My husband and I went to the preview of Friends with Kids at the Showcase cinema last night, thanks to the good folks at showfilmfirst. Sadly, this film was exactly what I expected. The storyline, if the meandering lack of real events could be described as that, went nowhere and it was very predictable, but not in a good way. It must have been the vision of the writer, director and main actress, because Jennifer Westfeldt was responsible for all three and to be fair, her acting as the main character Julie, was one of the more believable performances. Very few of the characters were likable, especially Jon Hamm as Ben and a worryingly bony-kneed Megan Fox who played MJ. The film smacked of people who didn't have kids themeselves and who resented their friends that did. Although it did have a few funny scenes, most felt convoluted and only a couple of them felt believable, notably the ones involving Maya Rudolph (best known for Bridesmaids) as Leslie and Chris O'Dowd (also Bridesmaids) as Alex. Jennifer and Adam Scott (who played main male lead Jason) did their best with the script, but the whole thing did feel rather like being forced to spend time with people you don't like. I give it 2 out of 10 for trying to be progressive, but sadly, failing.