Films these days are often criticized for their inaccurate portrayal of reality. Indeed reality itself is a skewed and distorted topic that no one can really place their fingers on. But if Friends with Kids does one thing (besides make you laugh until you cry), it dives into exploring the intricacies of relationships, marriages, and balancing all of that with kids. Armed with a script that is masterfully written and actors that carry out their roles convincingly, this film is unexpectedly hilarious and surprisingly honest. It’s worth the time and the money - the second it ended, I wanted to rewind it and start it over again. It’s that good.
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At it’s funniest, “Bridesmaids” probably wins out over “Friends With Kids.” However, at its most dramatic, the movies are reversed. Again, either film is a great choice (and really you should see both). However, only one is playing in theaters so I’d check that one out soon. This one balances some interesting characters with a difficult progression of multiple relationships. Even with what seems like a tired premise, “Kids With Friends” pulls off a story that is equally as funny and romantic. Touche.
Hm. I never thought it would be better than Bridesmaids, but I secretly hoped it would be just because the cast looks so perfectly assembled. I’m glad to hear it is funny (from more than one source) and has that emotional tie that Bridesmaids does as well.
But all of this talk is just making me want to see it more. I really am dying to see this movie. It will happen this week, review to come soon after. Cannot. Contain. Excitement.
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“Friends with Kids doesn’t play like a rom-com or one of those “dramedies” — I hate that word — that give you laughs, a little cry and the occasional shiver of recognition. It has a nervous rhythm and terrific tension, as if the characters’ backs are against the wall and the clock is ticking down.” — David Edelstein
I cannot wait to see this movie. I really cannot wait.