Indie Snapshot: Friends With Kids and More

by Ethan Alter March 9, 2012 5:58 am
Indie Snapshot: <i>Friends With Kids</i> and More

Not interested in fighting aliens alongside John Carter or freaking out at Silent House? We've got an indie movie to fit your particular state of mind.

Talking Friends (And Kids) With Adam Scott

by Ethan Alter March 6, 2012 2:11 pm
Talking Friends (And Kids) With Adam Scott

Although all of the ads for the new romantic comedy Friends with Kids play up the movie's impressive ensemble -- Jon Hamm! Kristen Wiig! Maya Rudolph! Megan Fox! -- they don't indicate that Adam Scott is actually the movie's leading man. The Parks and Recreation star plays Jason Fryman, a single-and-loving-it New Yorker who decides to enter into an unusual arrangement with his best friend, Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt, who also wrote and directed the movie): they'll have a kid together and share joint custody, but since they're not actually attracted to each other, they won't bother with marriage. At first, this arrangement gives Jason the best of both worlds as he's able to experience the fun of fatherhood while also being able to indulge his single guy hormones by dating a smoking hot Broadway dancer (Megan Fox). But then... well, you'll just have to see the movie for yourself. In town for the movie's premiere, Scott spoke with us about how he scored the gig and what costume he wore for Halloween last year. (Hint: He previously donned it for a very popular episode of Parks and Rec.)

<I>Friends With Benefits</I>: Hey, It’s Better Than <I>No Strings Attached</i>!

On paper (or, in trailers) the new comedy Friends With Benefits bears a striking resemblance to the Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher rom-com that came out a few months ago, No Strings Attached. They both feature couples who can't deal with the stress of dating, so they engage in some supposedly uncomplicated sex with their opposite-sex best friend in order to ease that tension. Naturally, they fall for each other in the process, because uncomplicated sex between friends is never uncomplicated in the movies. But FWB is a massive upgrade from NSA. Instead of Kutcher, we get the far more appealing Justin Timberlake. Instead of Black Swan's icy cold star Portman, we get Swan's sex kitten Mila Kunis. And instead of a typical rom-com, we get one that is self-aware enough to make fun of all of the clichés that these sorts of movies typically have. Now that's not to say that Friends With Benefits is the best rom-com of the year -- that title still belongs to Bridesmaids in my book. But it does deserve points for rising above the typical cheesiness of this sort of movie, and I at least left feeling entertained, if not exactly bowled over by the unoriginal storyline and the underwhelming final act.

<I>Friends With Benefits</I>: Annoying Things Couples Only Do in Movies

Spoiler alert (in case you haven't seen No Strings Attached or any other rom-com in your life): at the end of Friends With Benefits, Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are going to fall in love. What's also obvious? All of the annoying, unrealistic crap they're going to do to lead them to that point, which we see all the time in these kinds of movies. Real-life couples don't do things like jump over fences and stand at the Hollywood sign in order to push each other to be daring, as these two fated lovers do in the FWB trailer. And before we begin: We aren't about to shit on the classics, which is why we're going to point out the modern films that ripped off these ideas and made them the pathetic clichés that they've become.

Friends Forever

by Lauren Gitlin July 3, 2008 2:18 pm
<i>Friends</i> Forever Hollywood likes to capitalize on dead horses before the flies start to gather -- look no further than the I Love The New Millenium franchise for proof. The fact that producers waited a full four years after Sex and the City went off the air to flip it for the big screen belied an unusual level of restraint, but it seems to have functioned as a protracted cock-tease -- the film was a rampant success that broke all sorts of records in terms of box office gold for a lady-centric movie.

And now it seems the folks behind Friends are hoping for a similar fate -- rumors have surfaced once again that a silver screen adaptation is in the works.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, July 17, 2012

by Ethan Alter July 17, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott invite you to be their friends.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

by Ethan Alter November 29, 2011 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

One pie, extra laughs, hold the pepperoni.

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