Since I’m home, and my brother and sister-in-law were visiting this weekend, my mom, sister-in-law and I sat down to watch Friends with Kids for a girls’ night on Friday. I’m such a sucker for a good chick flick, and though we didn’t have any wine (my sister-in-law and brother are expecting! ), my dad did go on a chocolate run for us. (Adorable much? … I have the best dad ever.)
So, on to this story about friends, love, life, and the messy situations that you’re bound to incur when combining the three.
The bare bones of the plot: Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) are the absolute best of friends; they’re two peas in a pod, but part of a small click that’s made up of an additional 2 couples, who are both married and soon into the film have children. Julie and Jason swear up and down that they’re not at all sexually attracted to each other, and that they’re still waiting for “their people.”
Julie feels like she’s running out of time to have a baby. Jason knows that he too would like a child, but wants to skip the whole marriage and divorce thing. How romantic, eh? So, they develop a plan to have a baby together, but keep their friendship strictly platonic, live separately, date other people, and promise each other that they’ll be 100% committed to raising the child, 50% of the time.
The film is everything you’d hope for in a romantic comedy. Westfeldt, who wrote and directed the film, covers up a love story with jokes about relationships, sex, and the roller coaster ride that is a marriage. I think most guys would enjoy it too, and will definitely suggest it next time my beau and I are bored on a Friday night.)
Watch a quick trailer here:
*Spoiler alert!* If you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want me to ruin if for you, go rent it! Come back when you’re ready to discuss.
At a turning point in the film, Julie starts to develop feelings for Jason. Shocker right? So anyway, though her current boyfriend is grade-A husband material, she confesses to Jason that she is deeply in love with him, and thinks of him and their child as her family. Jason responds by saying that his current girlfriend, played by Megan Fox (ugh… get her out of my face), is moving in with him. Shocked and hurt, Julie basically stops interacting with Jason at all, aside from being “mommy” to their son, Joe.
I’m sorry, but who can’t relate to Julie here? Well, no, not the plotting to have a baby with your best friend part, but the “I love you as a friend” part. Shitty.
Having played hockey “with the boys” from when I was 3 until I was about 15, I grew up being able to get along with boys very easily; I was just one of the guys. Well, that turned out to be a problem when I started wanting to be seen as a girl (geez, forget somebody’s girlfriend).
But, now that I have my prince, (I know… you’re gagging) I wish I could have just enjoyed the friendships with the guys I was “just a friend” to. I guess, though, there’s something to be said about living, loving and learning.
If you ask me (and if you don’t, I’ll just tell you), I think I’m a cooler, more fun girlfriend for having grown up with so many guy friends.
My advice to someone who’s “just a friend” is to be just that. Be his friend. Either he’ll come to his senses and you’ll have a happy Hollywood ending, or you’ll come to yours, and find a new guy that does think you’re a great friend, but sexy as hell too.
Men suck, girl power and Taylor Swift songs.
Have you seen Friends with Kids? What’d ya think? Which character can you most relate to?