Best friends since college but never an item, thirtysomething New Yorkers Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) definitely want to have children. But having seen what it's done to their married friends (played by Bridesmaids quartet Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm), they decide to have a baby with each other first and look for their perfect partners later. Amazingly, the plan works - until hidden feelings threaten to ruin their beautiful friendship. Westfeldt writes and directs this aspirational comedy with an interesting take on commitment.
With Adam Scott and writer-director Westfeldt doing the Ross-and-Rachel thing alongside half the congregation of Bridesmaids, Friends With Kids is very much like Friends, with kids... and blunter references to sex.
We meet Manhattan BFFs Jason (Scott) and Julie (Westfeldt) who are successful, happily single and share everything. Except a bed.
And long may it continue, since over the last few years they have watched their married friends worn down by parenthood. For Missy and Ben (Wiig and Hamm), constant sex has turned to contempt, while Leslie and Alex (Rudolph and O'Dowd) apparently live only to argue.
Yet Julie and Jason still want kids. Since the evidence suggests that infants kill romance, they decide to have a baby together and raise it purely as friends, thus leaving the path of true love free of any future stickiness.
With a dash of the cutes and the odd dirty chuckle, it makes some sharp observations about the difference between romantic and platonic love and the meaning of commitment.