Hitting theaters on March 9th is not only what looks to be a great movie, with a brilliant cast, but a film you can real cheer for just based on the writer/director. Friends with Kids is written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt, and while being in a relationship with Mad Men’s Jon Hamm for more than a decade probably doesn’t hurt your career, she broke out as both a writer and actress with 2001’s uber-indie Kissing Jessica Stein.
Not just a quirky charmer, that film has gone on to manage almost a cult status. She also wrote and starred in the horribly overlooked Ira & Abby in 2006, and won a Best Actress Tony in 2004.
In Friends with Kids, Westfeldt finally takes the reins, writing, starring, and directing this ensemble piece about a group of friends who are all at that place in life where kids start entering the picture. Our gimmick here is that the last two singles in the group take a long, hard look at the changes in their friends’ relationships, and decide to approach adulthood from a different angle, by having a kid together, but dating other people.
Westfeldt is again doing what she does best, exploring relationships by throwing some monkey wrench into the works, and letting the nature of curiosity bring to light the truths about all relationships.
The film stars Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox, and Edward Burns. While most of that cast will pull a lot of people in just by naming them, don’t overlook The IT Crowd‘s Chris O’Dowd, who I think may finally get a chance to prove himself to American audiences with a role he can really deliver.
In the next few months, this is the one you really want to watch for, and I have little doubt it will find its way to the top of the comedy pile at year’s end.
Check the trailer below.
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