FRIENDS WITH KIDS (VVS, 2011) D: Jennifer Westfeldt, w/ Westfeldt, Adam Scott. Rating: NN; DVD package: NNN Rating: NN
Writer/director/star Jennifer Westfeldt does a good job with her core premise, which is that life changes completely when you have kids. Forget your downtown hipster days; you'll hang out with other new parents and talk about the kids.
Three couples - herself and Adam Scott, Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig, Chris O'Dowd and Maya Rudolph - move through small New York apartments with infants and accoutrements while carrying on running conversations. It's realistic, pleasant to watch and occasionally funny, but it's all just background.
In the central story, long-time best friends Julie and Jason (Westfeldt and Scott) see all their friends having babies and decide they want one, too. They won't become a couple, just share parenting while each searches elsewhere for true love. This might work as pure fluff with major stars, but not here.
Westfeldt is bland, and Scott comes across as a low-rent narcissist, not believable as either responsible parent or faithful spouse.
On the commentary she shares with Mad Men's Hamm (who's also her husband), Westfeldt giggles her way through the perils of low-budget production and the ins and outs of working with small children.
EXTRAS Commentary, making-of doc English audio and subtitles.