Watched Jul 11, 2012
Carl Ingebretsen’s review:
There seems to be a new trend in romantic comedies these days - the main couple who form a relationship just to get something. Sex without love, a baby, etc. It's a good premise (Friends with Benefits was sweet and funny), but I fear for how long they can keep using it before audiences grow tired of it.
Friends with Kids uses it to get a baby. Two best friends who don't want the strain on their relationships, just a baby. A kid to raise, splitting the custody.
With that premise and a boatload of great actors, we're told the hilarious and witty tale. The whole movie feels realistic; quite a few scenes go from hilarious to awkward to "Too far, man" as the characters fight, argue and make you laugh. It's a very funny film with a bit of romantics added, none of it feeling cheesy. There are few "lovey-dovey" scenes, almost no "I love you. I've always loved you, I just haven't realized it till now"-speeches (and when they come, they're usually hilariously subverted). There's humor everywhere, even in the super-serious and sad scenes.
It's pretty great - funny, touching, with a feeling of realism. I really enjoyed it.