What would happen if Harry & Sally had a baby BEFORE they decided to become a couple? This is the premise of this little rom com that was written and directed by its star player, Jennifer Westfeldt. No where nearly as engaging as “When Harry Met Sally,” this film is stuffed full of awkward moments and throughout the entire movie, I was hoping something would happen at the end that might pull it out of the pile of other fluffy films based on similar premises but alas…no.
Julie & Jason have been best buds since college (or maybe high school…whatever) and, as the years have gone on, neither have found their “other.” Meanwhile, their friends have begun to procreate and, with the new cuddle bugs running and screaming and pooping everywhere, their relationships seem to be taking a turn for the worse. This sets the wheels in motion. Why don’t Julie (Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott) have a baby without getting married? They’re already best friends, they already know everything about each other and, in this way, they don’t have to deal with the lack of romantic spontaneity that seems to come with being married! It’s a great idea! Or is it?
I don’t know what to think of this movie. There are certainly parts of it that are fun and interesting. However much of it is spent spinning its wheels with much wasted talent (Kristen Wiig is simply a name on the marquee in this movie) and very little plot to go on. So much of it is spent trying to over-evaluate if Julie & Jason are making the right decision, could they be good as a couple, yada yada yada, that eventually it wore me down and I found myself just wanting it to end. It’s one thing to be a romantic comedy about friends falling in love. But it’s another thing when the friends are dead set on NOT falling in love and then having to go through the motions of every OTHER rom com in order to get to the end of the movie.
There might have been a decent premise here if they had cut it short by maybe 25 minutes, but as it stands, “Friends With Kids” is simply a retread of several other bad romantic comedies that have been made over the years. With as much talent that was involved (Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd), this should have been a good movie. As it stands, it’s mostly a lot of wasted opportunity with a few cute moments but hardly worth the almost 2 hour running time.
Overall Rating: C-