Friends with Kids- a movie review

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We saw the movie, Friends with Kids on Saturday, a rare date afternoon, and it was a cute 107-minute movie.  The movie poster kinda gives it away:  PICK TWO and the choices are: Love, Happiness, and Kids.  Ha!  It’s a cute movie and well-done depicting the lives of married couples, friends, and couples with kids and finally, friends who want to remain friends having kids.

The movie has a lot of things that I think anyone with kids can relate to – it is not just for married couples or couples in a relationship. It’s about single parenting too and the challenges in general that life, marriage, love, and kids can bring no matter what your status.   I cannot give up too much here so you can go see the movie but all I know is, hubby and I related to a lot of the scenes and how life changes after kids no matter what you think will happen.  The thought-provoking conversation at a dinner among friends was a bit too much for us.  I think there are some things in a marriage that should be reserved for discussion between the couple and not to be shared with a group of dinner guests but, that one scene aside, I really liked the movie. It takes all kinds to raise kids and yes, even the guy or gal who thinks everything will stay the same in their relationship.  Granted, that may spell disaster for a relationship but alas, with the first-time marriage divorce rate approaching 51% in America, I think that the character who plays that guy is somewhat accurate.  In any case, for hubby and I- we talked about kids have strengthened our marriage.  It is a conversation-provoking movie so, be prepared.

And in the end, of course, it is hard to be parents and no matter how you do it – with someone, without, or just as friends, parenting is challenging and yet, the most rewarding job you can have as well.  It can strain your marriage and strengthen it at the same time, or destroy that relationship but again, it all depends on the circumstances and the people involved.  All in all, it is a cute date movie which will make you laugh out loud, nod in agreement, shake your head in disgust, cry, and make you go home and hug your kiddos too!

Have you seen it?  Let me know your thoughts and no spoilers please.  Thanks!

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11 thoughts on “Friends with Kids- a movie review

  1. For an inside look at what motivates women to pursue parenting even without a partner, a good documentary to see is “Plan B, Single Women Choosing Motherhood.”
    Hearing these strong women tell their stories about their motivation to choose such a path is both positive and though provoking.

    • I know right? It has taught me patience and also how to not judge others so much. How to appreciate the little things and to just keep trying daily. Heee it’s crazy!

  2. My assessment of the movie mirrors yours. Kind of a light flick, but with deeper nuances about what it takes to make intimacy work — and what intimacy even IS.

    I’m curious where you got the divorce statistic? I see the 50% stated as a fact, but I’ve never seen the methodology behind the research. Makes me wonder if it’s a fact just because we all say it’s a fact.
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    • Oh I am sorry you hated that part- honestly, I did not notice it nor think the cussing was overly too much – and I would pick up on things like that right away bc I do not like gang movies/too violent or too much cussing right away. Alas, it is all subjective but we really enjoyed it from a parenting perspective and how things change so much after kids and the nuances that come with having kids. Thanks for the shout out— where did you see it— I forgot to add in my theater review.

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