Sunday afternoons are for movies and I’m the one that has to pull a winner out of my hat. Now if I don’t, it’s not like I’m punished but on the way home it can be gloomy but yesterday we took that great risk with an independent film showing at our mall cineplex and it was a WINNER and I’m offering it up in this slice.
Friends with Kids
I used to love romantic comedies: Hepburn and Tracey, Cary Grant with anyone, Fred Astaire and Ginger etc. that continued my whole life.
My all-time favorite: Something’s Gotta Give, Tuvia’s: An American President. But lately, this strong genre seems to have weakened and often we leave the theater after on feeling gipped.
So when we entered theater #17, a small one, we wondered. But we were not alone. Most of seats were taken be the time the lights dimmed. This was probably an audience who read the same articles in the Sunday Times.
Six friends meet for dinner. The dialogue is moving at lightening speed and I’m wondering about Tuvia already. Three couples are in different stages of connection: one pair is pregnant( Maya Rudolf and Chris O’Dowd) a second is into sex, even in restaurant bathrooms( Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig and the 3rd- great long-time friends but just platonic Jen Westfeldt and Adam Scott.
It’s a great ensemble of young actors. Jennifer Westfeldt directs, writes and stars in this film. Her real lifetime partner, Jon Hamm plays the sex-driven character.
4 years later we have two couples dealing with the challenges of kids in New York City. BTW, the city looks great in this film.
Refreshingly, the platonic pair takes up the issue of having a baby. They agree to have a baby but remain friends and of course that plan will be riddled with reality.
I loved it and cried with joy through the last 15 minutes but that usually happens. The big news is that Tuvia loved it too.
So two thumbs way up from the team of Kaplan & Rosenberg.
And now the pressure is on me. My digital documentary is due on Thursday. Fingers crossed that I make process on this PJ Monday.
Have a great day,
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