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Review: Friends With Kids

Writing, directing and acting are tough enough on their own. It’s hard to imagine one person wearing all three hats on a feature, let alone her first go at directing. Then again, perhaps it’s not an issue when you really believe in and understand a piece, which seems to be the case with Jennifer Westfeldt and her feature Friends with Kids. Westfeldt offers up a solid script, boasting both humor and heart, she’s got a good eye for this type of movie, keeping her camerawork simple and letting her actors and editor hit the necessary comedic beats, and brings to life an incredibly likable and strong lead.

It’s time for another group dinner. When Jason (Adam Scott), Julie (Westfeldt), Ben (Jon Hamm), Missy (Kristen Wiig), Alex (Chris O’Dowd) and Leslie (Maya Rudolph) meet up for yet another fun night out in Manhattan, Alex and Leslie drop some big news; they’re having a baby. Sure enough, Missy and Ben are next, making Jason and Julie the only members of their clique sans kiddie. Then again, considering Jason and Julie aren’t even dating, it’d be a little odd if they were having a baby together, right?

As Julie’s just about to pass her prime baby making years, Jason suggests they just go for it. They’re best friends and know each other better than anyone. Plus, they could have a family without all the drama that comes with having a kid after marriage. So, in comes baby Joe.

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Review: Bridesmaids

As a huge Kristen Wiig fan, I was very excited for Bridesmaids. And, as a huge fan of the idea of a female Hangover, I was very excited to see a group of crazy ladies get into all sorts of shenanigans gearing up for their best friend’s big day. Bridesmaids certainly made due on some of my expectations, but also attempted to show off a more dramatic side and while that effort wasn’t a complete failure, the parts I was looking forward to are just so exceptionally successful, it’s impossible that they not tarnish the more dramatic material.

Annie and Lillian (Wiig and Maya Rudolph) are best friends. They do what best friends do; shadily work out behind a tree in a park when they don’t want to pay for the class, smear muffin on their teeth and have conversations and, of course, name the other her Maid of Honor for her wedding. Lillian is about to take the plunge and assigns Annie the Maid of Honor duties with the help of an assortment of other, well, characters in her life. There’s Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), the bitter mother, Becca (Ellie Kemper), the naïve newlywed, Megan (Melissa McCarthy), Lillian’s husband’s rather boisterous sister and the bane of Annie’s existence, Helen (Rose Byrne), little miss perfect who’s trying to oust Annie as Lillian’s BFF.

When Annie isn’t scrambling to outdo Helen in wedding world, she’s attempting to maintain a romantic relationship of her own. Too bad her current fling, Ted (Jon Hamm), is more than happy keeping their thing in the F-buddy zone. However, Annie’s beat-up ride works to her benefit when her busted taillights catch the eye of a sweetheart cop looking for love, Officer Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd).

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Review: Grown Ups

A film starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider has to be funny, right? Not only is that what the promotional material for Grown Ups wants moviegoers to think, but it also seems to have been what was on the minds of the members of this comedic powerhouse. Sit back, relax, do what you’re told and hilarity magically ensues. Maybe in a dream, but this is a reality and Grown Ups faces a harsh one.

Back in the 70’s coach Buzzer led Lenny, Eric, Kurt, Marcus and Rob to a basketball championship. Thirty years later, the boys have grown up and apart, but their coach’s passing brings them back together again not only to remember good old coach Buzzer, but to spend a weekend together at the same lake house at which they celebrated their big win back in the day. Joining them on the excursion are their wives and children.

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