The lobby of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel was gummed up with strollers this week when the gang from Friends With Kids showed up.
This very funny and extremely touching relationship comedy is the third film from writer/actor Jennifer Westfeldt and the first one she’s directed. We had the good fortune to speak with Jennifer and, despite having plenty of intelligent things to say, were wowed into incoherence by her awesome hair. Just so you don’t think we’re total psychopaths, her “really good hair” is a plot point of the film. Watch the video after the jump.
With writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt’s (Kissing Jessica Stein) Friends with Kids opening March 9, we’ve been provided with seven clips from the very funny comedy. Boasting an incredible cast featuring Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns, Friends With Kids centers on a pair of thirtysomething best friends (Scott and Westfeldt) who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people.
Right after the film premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, I landed exclusive interviews with Megan Fox, Jon Hamm and Adam Scott. Just click the links to read or listen to them. Hit the jump to watch the clips.
A red band trailer for the comedy Friends with Kids has gone online. Written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt, the story centers on two best friends (Westfeldt and Adam Scott) who decide to have a baby together without being in a relationship. The cast is fantastic (Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Edward Burns, Megan Fox, and Chris O’Dowd), and I’m excited to see Scott take on his first leading role. This trailer delves more deeply into the plot and, as it’s red band, there are a few more off-color jokes (who doesn’t like masturbation humor?). The jokes work, and I really like the chemistry between Scott and Westfedlt. I’m looking forward to checking the full film out. You can read Matt’s review here.
Hit the jump to watch the red band trailer. Friends with Kids opens March 9th.
The first trailer for the comedy Friends with Kids has gone online. Written, directed by, and starring Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein), the film boats a fantastic cast that includes Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns. The story centers on a pair of thirtysomething best friends (Scott and Westfeldt) who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people. The trailer looks right up my alley, as it highlights some promising performances, chemistry, and a fair amount of laughs. Matt caught the film at TIFF and wasn’t exactly won over, but Scott has been killing it in supporting roles for years and I’m excited to see him finally take on a lead.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Friends with Kids opens March 9th. If you missed them, be sure to check out Steve’s interviews with Hamm, Scott, and Fox from TIFF regarding the film.
While a slew of films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival have already been picked up for distribution, there are other high-profile titles still hammering out their deals. Variety reports that Lionsgate has acquired Jennifer Westfeldt’s new comedy Friends with Kids. The story stars Westfeldt and Adam Scott as lifelong friends who decide to have a kid but keep their relationship platonic and open. I was slightly disappointed by the film, but it’s got a great cast (the film also stars Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Chris O’Dowd) and I can see the flick having wide appeal.
In other TIFF picks-ups, Music Box has picked up the U.S. rights to Terrence Davies’ romantic drama The Deep Blue Sea starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston. Weisz plays the wife of a high court judge who leaves her husband to move in with a dashing young ex-RAF pilot (Hiddleston), with whom she has fallen passionately in love. Weisz picked up strong notices for her performance and I’m glad I’ll have a chance to see the film eventually. No U.S. release dates have been announced for Friends with Kids or The Deep Blue Sea. Hit the jump for Music Box’s press release regarding The Deep Blue Sea.
Jennifer Westfeldt’s directorial debut Friends with Kids shares some key qualities with her 2001 film Kissing Jessica Stein (which she wrote). Both films are funny, harmless comedies that take an emotionally satisfying and challenging conceit before scampering back to the status quo. Westfeldt puts an interesting twist on the parenting-and-marriage sub-genre by rethinking conventional notions of fidelity. She even goes so far as to examine why the convention exists in the first place. But ultimately her movie becomes lethargic, predictable, and bland despite the Westfeldts’ strong chemistry with co-star Adam Scott.
The announcement of the films playing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival has brought with it a deluge of first images from major upcoming movies. After the jump you’ll find the first images from Rodrigo Garcia’s Albert Nobbs (starring Glenn Close and Mia Wasikowska), Todd Solondz’ Dark Horse (starring Selma Blair, Justin Bartha, and Christopher Walken), Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea (starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston), and Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends with Kids (starring Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, and Adam Scott).
Hit the jump to check out all of the images. We’ve also provided the synopses. The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8th – 18th. For all the new TIFF images we’ve posted today, click here.
On her Facebook fan page, Megan Fox has posted some photos from the set of her new movie, Friends with Kids. Written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein), the plot centers on a pair of thirtysomething best friends who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people. The set photos show off Fox along with co-star Adam Scott. As we previously reported, Scott plays the husband of Westfeldt’s character and Fox plays a woman he begins to date.”
Hit the jump to check out the set photos. Friends with Kids also stars Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig. It’s slated to open in April 2011.
Megan Fox has joined the ensemble comedy Friends with Kids. Written, produced, and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein), the film “revolves around a pair of thirtysomething best friends who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people.” Adam Scott and Westfeldt will play the lead couple, Jon Hamm (who will also produce) and Kristen Wiig will play another couple. The third couple has yet to be cast. According to THR, “Fox will play a girl who Scott begins to date.” Mike Nichols and Jake Kasdan are executive producing. The film is due out in April.
Jon Hamm is set to star in Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends with Kids. Westfeldt, who is Hamm’s long-time girlfriend, and Hamm are trying to pull the film together during Mad Men‘s off-season. Showbiz 411 reports that the two are also trying to get Kristen Wiig and Anne Hathaway to come on board. No word if Westfeldt will direct from her own script.
Hamm will next be seen in theaters in a couple weeks in Ben Affleck’s The Town and next March in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch. He’ll also appear in the comedy Bridesmaids co-starring Wiig (she also co-wrote the script).