The whole “Friends with Benefits” trend claims another victim in the aptly titled Friends with Kids but does the romcom prevail even after being sloppy seconds?
Jason Fryman and Julie Keller are best friends that want to experience the joy of parenthood without the complications of a romantic relationship – something that they learn from their friends can lead to undesirable consequences. The two decide to have a child and share the duties while engaging in their own personal lives and relationships in their spare time.
As another title to throw onto the romantic comedy heap, Friends with Kids doesn’t really break to many borders, especially considering that its riding on the concept of another film. Where it succeeds is in the offbeat humour and tasty one-liners that make the film a pleasure to watch even if the story doesn’t grab you. Plot however is important in any title no matter how simple it might be, and what starts off as a quirky comedic romp flatlines with schmaltzy final act that melts the hearts of few and tortures the eyes many.
Friends with Kids undoubtedly makes a good date film, it’s funny enough for guys and romantic enough for the fairer sex (not to suggest that it couldn’t be the other way around of course – no gender profiling here!).
The Bottom Line
Friends with Kids milks it’s concept till the teets are dry after which it resorts to typical tear jerker tactics. The ending is a crime in that it doesn’t ride the wave till the end but for the most part, the film offers some really snappy dialogue and characters that share believable chemistry.