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TIFF '11 Review: 'Friends With Kids' Is, Sadly, A Conventional Look At Unconventional Relationships

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2011 7:25 AM
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The concept of the nuclear family is now something of an outdated notion. With children now found in a wide array of living situations -- single parents, gay parents, adoptions, etc. -- the "ideal" of a child being raised by a mommy and a daddy is shifting, with a newer idea of just two good parents -- whomever they may be -- being of utmost importance. The film world is slowly beginning to recognize and write stories that reflect the changing times. Of course, "The Kids Are All Right" is one of the best movies to present an unconventional family, while "The Switch" represents what happens when you try to approach this kind of thematic material without anything to say. Jennifer Westfeldt's ("Kissing Jessica Stein") latest effort behind the camera, "Friends With Kids," finds the actress/writer/director oscillating between an intelligent look at modern relationships and a conventional rom-com, to mixed results.

Megan Fox Says She Wants To Work With People Who "Provide A Really Happy, Healthy, Work Environment"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2011 5:30 AM
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Now Who Could She Possibly Be Referring To? 5 Things Learned From The 'Friends With Kids' Actress Megan Fox’s last two appearances at the Toronto International Film Festival were for projects where the eventual response was, shall we say, mixed. “Jennifer’s Body” came and went from theaters weeks after its TIFF premiere in 2009, while the Mickey Rourke-Bill Murray-costarring “Passion Play” was not just the most derided film of the 2010 festival, but one of the year’s most loudly panned releases, period.

William Friedkin's 'Killer Joe' Picked Up, Lionsgate Close To Buying 'Friends With Kids'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 13, 2011 2:00 AM
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Plus Supernatural Thriller 'Enter Nowhere' Finds A Home With Lionsgate TooIt's been a fairly quiet Toronto International Film Festival in terms of acquisitions, with Steve McQueen's "Shame" being the highest-profile buy so far, but even that sold for somewhere below a million dollars, a relatively meager sum. But slowly, things are starting to gear up, with a few films selling in the last 24 hours, and more looking close to being picked up.

First Look: Megan Fox In 'Friends With Kids'; New Photos Of 'Rampart' & 'Take This Waltz'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 8, 2011 6:02 AM
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Plus New Photos Of 'The Descendants' & Luc Besson's 'The Lady'Michael Bay's loss is the indie world's gain. Megan Fox may no longer be part of the "Transformers" franchise, but her next big screen role will be in Jennifer Westfeldt's "Friends With Kids," an ensemble indie that stars Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd and Edward Burns. Not too shabby and it pays to have famous friends.

First Look: Ed Helms & Jason Segel In The Duplass Brothers' 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2011 4:08 AM
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Plus Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig & Adam Scott In 'Friends With Kids'Lots of Toronto first looks coming down the wire today, so we'll keep it brief, but two of the more anticipated comedies that'll bow at the festival just had their first official stills released. First up is "Jeff Who Lives At Home," the second mainstream picture from The Duplass Brothers, who became indie favorites with films like "The Puffy Chair" and "Baghead," proving to be standouts of the so-called 'mumblecore' scene, before getting to work with bigger names and budgets on last year's excellent "Cyrus."

First/New Look: 'The Vow,' 'Friends With Kids' & 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 19, 2011 6:19 AM
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A few first looks and a new picture of the unfortunately titled "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" have arrived thanks to Entertainment Weekly and Empire (neither need to appear online, thanks for the scans, people).

Ed Burns Joins Megan Fox, Jon Hamm, Adam Scott & Kristen Wiig In 'Friends With Kids'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2010 2:03 AM
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For her directorial debut, “Kissing Jessica Stein” and “Ira & Abby” writer Jennifer Westfeldt, has certainly rounded up some excellent talent to support her in front of the camera. Her partner and "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm, Megan Fox, Adam Scott and Kirsten Wiig are all on board and now, a regular standby in indie filmmaking circles has joined as well.

First Look: Megan Fox & Adam Scott Shooting Jennifer Westfeldt's 'Friends With Kids'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 8, 2010 5:31 AM
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Jennifer Westfeldt not only has the ability to boast that she's the envy of women worldwide partner of "Mad Man" star Jon Hamm but she's also added the title of Director to her resumé as she helms the currently in-production romantic drama, "Friends With Kids." The film will star the real-life couple along with Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott and, in her first post-'Transformers'-controversy role, Megan Fox. Some new set photos have arrived unveiling our first look at the New York production.

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