I went to the screening of Friends with Kids last week, from the guys that brought us Bridesmaids (along with half the cast), I had high expectations.
We all know too well the fact that mums are getting older and that women in their 30’s are feeling increasing pressure to be ‘with child’ before their biological clock runs out. This film highlights that for everyone, the ‘norm’ according to society doesn’t always work out.
The film brings to life the reality for many when kids come into the equation, it isn’t all sunshine and nursery rhymes – a lot of people experience sleepless nights, strains on their relationships and as for their sex life… what sex life?!
Friends with Kids follows to thirty-something friends who decide to bring a child into the world as purely platonic parents. In theory they’d share the feeding times, they’d take it in turns to look after their child and they would split everything 50/50 – easy hey? Not so much!
The outcome is far from what they expected, more so it encapsulates what their friends (who already had kids) expected.
The film provides plenty of giggles whilst at times borders on the overly serious aspects of parenthood – marriages breaking down, sex lives disintegrating before their very eyes and social dinners with friends out of the question.
At times when watching the film you can’t help but think that it is a warning to all to think hard before having a family, thankfully it is broken up with gags aplenty of comical relief.
I’d recommend seeing the film, it is a real movie that makes you think, but also provides light relief. You might be surprised by Kirsten Wiig’s non comedy role in the film, but other than that I’d give it a 7/10.
Here’s the trailer: