Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Familiar Plot Is Handled Well

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Familiar Plot Is Handled Well

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MANHATTAN advertising executive Jason (Adam Scott) has known best friend Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) since college, but there has never been a romantic spark between them.

Living a few floors apart in the same building, they postulate that having children wrecks a marriage, so the secret to a successful relationship must be to raise a brood first and then find a soul mate. "Why don't we do it? Have a kid, get it over with?" jokes Jason. "Bop one out, lose the weight, then look for your guy!" The couple's married friends, Alex (Chris O'Dowd) and Leslie (Maya Rudolph), and Ben (Jon Hamm) and Missy (Kristen Wiig), predict disaster, but it's their own relationships which unexpectedly come apart at the seams. 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. Scott and Westfeldt are a snug fit, and convince us they have been the see to each other's saw for years. …

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