Cast: Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Edward Burns, Megan Fox, Kristen Wiig, and Jon Ham.
Director: Jennifer Westfeldt
Writer: Jennifer Westfeldt
Runtime: 107 minutes (1 hour and 47 minutes)
MPAA Rating: Rated R sexual content and language.
Production Company: Locomotive, Points West Pictures, Red Granite Pictures
Release Date: March 9th, 2012
Tags: Love, happiness, Kids
By: John M Delia Jr.
What if you and your best friend decided to have a baby together, but not get married? This is a film about two plutonic friends Julie and Justin who find that married life can be difficult and decide that they would have a child together and not destroy their love life. Dating and enjoying their romance with others, and raising a child together sounds like a wonderful experience, but this film is designed to show you how wonderful it can be.
Jennifer Westfeldt plays Julie Keller, a shy but joyful person that has a wonderful life being single. Jennifer does a wonderful job expressing the feelings and experiences she articulates as Julie. Along with directing, producing, and writing this film Jennifer conveys this type of philosophy well and does an excellent job expressing what could happen. Her plutonic best friend Justin Fryman, played by Adam Scott, really made me believe that his character was truly her best friend and that their experience could be a possibility that might just work.
The supporting cast performance was spectacular, especially the job done by Maya Rudolph (Leslie), Chris O’Dowd (Alex), Edward Burns (Kurt), Megan Fox (Mary Jane), Kristen Wiig (Missy), and Jon Ham (Ben). They all play a key role to help build the atmosphere needed to convince Julie and Justin that this is the only way for them. But later they continue to support the ideas, yet challenge their decision when things go wrong with their marriages. Maya plays Leslie, Julie’s closest friend who is not very happy about her decision, but helps her through her emotional circumstances that occur. Megan plays Mary Jane a girl that Justin finally falls in love with; which eventually becomes an issue in his relationship with Julie.
This is an outstanding story that brought me joy, laughter, and good feelings. The overall acting was well done and expressed brilliantly from the story. I recommend this to all couples as an excellent date night experience. The directing job that Jennifer performed was exceptional, especially some of the work done with the children to express their feelings to the main characters of the film. All in all, this was a tremendous film that included a great storyline, good comedy, and a fell good atmosphere.
Final Grade: I give this a B+, for its excellent storyline and overall experience.