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Friends with Kids: movie review (+trailer)

When relationship complications ensue in 'Friends with Kids,' the audience is way ahead of the movie.

By Peter RainerFilm critic / March 8, 2012

'Friends with Kids' has a premise that's strained from the start.

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The premise of drama-comedy "Friends With Kids" is strained from the start. Longtime friends Julie (writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott) decide to have a baby together and raise the kid as co-parents while still on the prowl for prospective mates.

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It's the kind of cutesy idea that doesn't ring remotely true. When the inevitable complications ensue, the audience is way ahead of the movie. The cast, which includes, to middling effect, Edward Norton, Megan Fox, Maya Rudolph, Kristin Wiig, Chris O’Dowd and Jon Hamm, is like "Bridesmaids" redux, minus, thankfully, the gallivanting raunch of that film. Also, most of the laughs. Grade: C+ (Rated R for sexual content and language.)

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