They say if the hope for a distinguished movie career becomes a steep climb in this age of hack directors, lousy scripts and formulaic trash, then do it all yourself. A lovely triple threat named Jennifer Westfeldt is putting this theory into fast-lane action. The cowriter and star of the independent film Kissing Jessica Stein now returns as producer, sole scriptwriter, director and star of Friends With Kids, a snappy and warmly observed film about the contemporary mores of dating hell, marriage and parenthood. She’s obviously been influenced by the candid, full-frontal assault on decency by people like Judd Apatow and the Farrelly Brothers, because the film sometimes borders on pornography, but it has more heart and is more intelligent and mature in every way. And Ms. Westfeldt gets a lot more than show-off obscenity from her actors. The tightly knit ensemble of friends and supporters she has drafted is committed and talented, and the camaraderie pays off. Read More
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