“Basically The Message Here Is: Don't Get Married. Have A Kid With Your Best Friend. Then Fall In Love.”
“Westfeldt Clearly Illustrates The Various Hurdles In Parenting And Relationships...in The Priviledged World Of Successful New Yorkers.”
Westfeldt clearly illustrates the various hurdles in parenting and relationships...in the priviledged world of successful New Yorkers.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
The observations about parenthood, pro and con, are quick and smart, and Scott effortlessly steals the show, softening Westfeldt's brittle cuteness.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
- New York Times
In the crumbling passion of a once hot-to-trot couple (a perfect Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm), [it] locates a jagged heart that no amount of zingers can surpass.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
If you see this on at the cinema, walk on by.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Friends with Kids takes an unusual romantic premise and explores it in satisfying and perceptive depth.
Ellen E Jones - Guardian [UK]
It offers the rare combination of romance, humor, an inventive conceit and social relevance, without adhering slavishly to rom-com conventions.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Too many sequences feel generic, from the unexamined privilege that serves as the movie's cultural backdrop to the now-requisite scene of a man changing a diaper while covered in baby poop.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
This movie swerves from fantasy to nightmare. It doesn't feel like the story a wife and mother would volunteer to tell about herself.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Just as Friends With Kids compares unfavorably to Westfeldt's earlier effort, her cast members' previous projects further highlight this film's shortcomings.
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
[Westfeldt] makes a promising directorial debut with this good-natured dramedy, boosted in large part by an outstanding ensemble.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
It's shrill in tone, awash in unexamined narcissism-kids are just pretexts for laughs, rather than objects of love-and afflicted by explosive verbal diarrhea.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Not even the outcome's predictability (hint: romantic comedies have happy endings) can dampen the frothy results.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Sitcom-amusing, in that middle-of-the-road way.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
...the film takes a tonal detour, veering from indie-inflected city comedy with Woody Allen undertones to something reminiscent of the work of Nicole Holofcener.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
Westfeldt, now 42, belongs to a generation (and class) of people for whom nothing about having kids is easy. Her intensity feels just right -- better than in any film I've seen in years -- for How We Breed Now.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Given the title, it's remarkable how little space is granted to the offspring, who are introduced as excretory machines, sex-blocking irritants, and occasional simpering angels, but never as beings unto themselves.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
There must be a better reason to have a baby than to provide a plot point in a rom-com. Don't you think?
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A smooth but frustrating third feature with an extremely good ensemble cast.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
A funny and emotionally credible story of old college friends who decide to have a baby together while maintaining their single lives.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
"Friends with Kids" goes on a beat or two too long, and lands in the obvious place, but it's filled with smarts and laughs and passion.
Tom Long - Detroit News
At least Westfeldt is trying. She tries hard to make this a grown-up version of the romantic-comedy formula, complete with dirty jokes and sex talk.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Even though Friends With Kids is not a movie everyone will identify with, it fills 107 minutes with enough visual popcorn to keep you satisfied.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Although the comic riffs about parenting and alternative families easily rep the pic's sharpest dialogue and strike a chord with more mature audiences, they coexist uneasily with Westfeldt's inclusion of a cruder brand of humor.
Alissa Simon - Variety
Credit Westfeldt, who is also the writer and director, with a classic setup for farce, brightly executed.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
A smart, sexy and honest ensemble comedy about parenthood and relationship issues with a 24-karat cast.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Whom is this movie for, really? It's too tame for the whooping crowds of women who made hits of the Sex and the City movies and Bridesmaids. And for sure it isn't for parents with kids.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Let's give Westfeldt her due for making this completely hidebound, moralistic and sentimental yarn feel somewhat fresh and contemporary.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Pleasant but overfamiliar.
Dana Stevens - Slate
A romantic comedy that takes time to find its groove but steadily accumulates heart and humor.
David Rooney - Hollywood Reporter
Westfeldt takes a topic full of complex emotional shadings and turns it into something that is, for the most part, reductive, cliched and even sitcommy.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
I can't think of a better onscreen depiction of the feeling of being forsaken and forgotten by the ultimate clique - parents - than the one in writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt's bright, quick-witted Friends with Kids.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Westfeldt is the pulse of Friends With Kids, presenting us with life in all of its vibrant, messy sprawl.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
This is a sharp, funny, touching and utterly winning slice of New York.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Even as it zeros in on radical shifts in the mechanics and mores of parenthood, it sits quite comfortably in a well-worn romantic-comedy groove.
Sheri Linden - Los Angeles Times
Trying to figure what is the most offensive thing about this accidental mashup of 70s Woody Allen and Sex and the City...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Movies of this genre normally want you to root for the couple to end up together. All this one had me doing was hoping that someone would smack them upside the head and talk some sense into them.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Ultimately, Friends With Kids is an unconventional family drama that uses conventional romantic comedy cliches to make its point.
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
I'd rather have my head stuck in a vise than be forced to sit through another viewing.
Erick Weber - NECN
- Daily Telegraph
Friends with Kids is funny and likable and while the dialogue is often bawdy and sexually frank, its elements are completely fairytale, including a climax involving a cross-town dash.
Jason Solomons - Observer [UK]
Westfeldt's screenplay is often sharp, shrewd and funny...
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Adam Scott takes the leading male role as Jason Fryman. Were such a thing possible, he looks like he could be the son of Tom Cruise and Michael Sheen, minus their celebrity baggage.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Sure this is going to draw some comparisons to Bridesmaids - and understandably so - but still there are some great performances and touching moments.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
If the leads ultimately conform to rom-com type, there's enough messiness, heartbreak and hurt around them to stop the movie becoming cosily bland.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Friends With Kids is a smart, witty and potty-mouthed confection that uses an intriguing premise as a hook for a familiar tale of soulmates who are blinkered to the deep love that binds them.
- Liverpool Echo
It's left to the wonderful Scott, with his satyr's face and killer timing, to carry the movie through thick and thin.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
It's conventional, dull and unconsciously nasty.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
It's difficult to muster the will to get behind these fools, and yet there are stretches where Westfeldt's script glows, such as an expertly executed dinner-table fracas, which manages to engage the entire ensemble.
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
Sadly the film then downhill-races to a feelgood, feel-inauthentic ending. But for 90 of 107 minutes it is cracklingly good.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times