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Friends with Kids (2011)

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Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships.


Jennifer Westfeldt
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Scott ... Jason Fryman
Jennifer Westfeldt ... Julie Keller
Maya Rudolph ... Leslie
Chris O'Dowd ... Alex
Kristen Wiig ... Missy
Jon Hamm ... Ben
Loulou Sloss Loulou Sloss ... Girl Acting Up in Restaurant
Katie Foster ... Girl in Office / Jule's Assistant
Robert Halpern Robert Halpern ... Cole
Daniel Halpern Daniel Halpern ... Cole
Rekha Luther ... Life Coach / Jason's Date
Peter K. Hirsch Peter K. Hirsch ... Doctor in Delivery Room
Lee Bryant ... Elaine Keller
Kelly Bishop ... Marcy Fryman
Cotter Smith ... Phil Fryman


Julie and Jason have been best friends for years with no romantic interest in each other. He sleeps with someone new every few days, and she's looking for Mr. Right. Now in their thirties, they notice that their friends seem to lose all their good qualities when they have children - child rearing and the spark of Eros don't seem to co-exist. So, they decide to have a child together, share in child rearing, but pursue their own romantic lives. Things go well until he meets Mary Jane and she meets Kurt. Both seem like perfect mates. What could go wrong? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Love. Happiness. Kids. Pick two. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

16 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Plan perfecto See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,017,466, 11 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,250,054, 10 June 2012
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The dialogue between Chris O'Dowd and Maya Rudolph about their age difference was a rewrite by Jennifer Westfeldt. After casting Chris O'Dowd, the issue of the couple's age difference had to be addressed in the film. See more »


When Jason describes his girlfriend Mary Jane to Julie and insists that she should meet her, while leaving the house Julie's white scarf is tied in one scene and untied in the next scene. See more »


Jason Fryman: Ah, she'll be fine. She's gotta great
[looks under the comforter ]
Jason Fryman: sense of humour.
Julie Keller: You're such an asshole.
Jason Fryman: I know.
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Referenced in Conan: Dead Men Tell No Amusing Anecdotes (2011) See more »


Someday Soon Our Time Will Come
Written by Boris Skalsky (BMI)
Performed by Dead Heart Bloom
Courtesy of Dead Heart Bloom
By arrangement with Big sounds International, Inc.
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Decent Movie, Sitcom Style
1 July 2013 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott play best friends who both want kids but not all the crap that comes with marriage and decide to have a baby with no relationship strings attached. This movie belongs to the long tradition of films that feel like two or three seasons of a diverting sitcom compressed into a two-hour running time. So it's probably no spoiler to reveal that Westfeldt and Scott realize that they've been fooling themselves all along, are meant for each other, and decide to commit to each other and their baby.

The ending feels completely wrong and forced for many reasons, not the least of which is that Westfeldt and Scott have no chemistry together. I happen to really like Westfeldt, but I can completely see why her neurotic screen persona would drive other people crazy. This was the first thing of any consequence I'd ever seen Scott in, and there's something just flat out unlikable about him as an actor and his character that left a huge hurdle for me to get over. But beyond that, the movie isn't half bad, and it's refreshing for once to see a movie about relationships with children actually feature the children. Kids are in this movie all the time, and it's a far more realistic portrayal of what it's actually like to be a parent than the films in which kids are always off screen and completely silent.

The group of actors that play the main couple's friends includes the likes of Jon Hamm, Mya Rudolph, and most notably, Kristen Wiig, who is saddled with perhaps the most thankless role given to any actor in recent years, who has virtually nothing funny to do despite her tremendous gifts as a comedienne, and who yet managed to captivate me in every scene she appeared in. Could she have dramatic gifts as an actress that haven't yet been tapped?

Grade: B

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