Our friends out at Lionsgate sent over a copy of “Friends With Kids”for us to review, and this one has a very bad recipe attached to it. But will this recipe make an unexpected treat? Or a charcoal fire in the oven?
“Friends With Kids” asks the questions, what happens when your friends have kids, and what happens to your friends when they have kids? Right now, those are the questions that two friends are staring at, the last two singles in a tight-knit group who got married and had kids of their own.
Needless to say, the singles aren’t exactly fitting in very well, so they’re considering getting together and having a kid of their own…while not actually getting married. In fact, they even plan to see other people while they’re raising the kid together. It’s a safe bet that this won’t work out as planned…but what will happen when a whole new element comes into play?
They might as well call this “People Getting Older”, because that’s pretty much what this is. It’s a bunch of people who are happy, out having fun, enjoying each others’ company, and then there’s this big black field with white text that says “FOUR YEARS LATER” and boom: most of the group is terrifyingly unpleasant, stressed out horrendously, but with at least one kid. Oh, and there’s talking. Lots and lots and lots of talking. Seriously, this movie is so jammed full of dialogue that it’s a wonder that someone’s vocal cords didn’t explode on set.
Still though, for those who find themselves at this stage in life, the “all my friends have kids and I’m not getting any younger and maybe I should have kids too because I’m not getting any younger and, you know, the more I think about it this is exactly what the rest of the movie is like just talking and talking and absolutely nothing else.” It has its high points, sure–it’s hard not to empathize with these people if you’ve ever been there–but at the same time, it’s hard to get your head around it because it’s so laden with a combination of thick drama and constant dialogue.
At least until about the movie’s midpoint, where there’s a rather horrifying scene involving an infant’s bowel-related disaster–seriously, it’s on the walls at one point–but if that’s what you’re counting on to break up an endless string of dialogue you know the rest of the movie is a bad sign. Just to make things worse, by the end, it’s going to get awkward. So it not only spends a good chunk of its run time being dull, it follows up that dull with awkward. Dull plus awkward is a recipe for painful.
“Friends With Kids” makes me use a lot of adjectives I’d rather not use to describe a movie I just watched, and frankly, it’s really only watchable if it resonates right from the outset. Otherwise, it’s fairly unpleasant, and really rather boring. It’s one to catch if it would have meaning in your life personally, but if it doesn’t, you’ll be on the outside looking in, and that’s not a way to set up a nice Saturday night on the couch.