How could a movie with such a great cast be so terrible? Well, an unfunny script with alternatingly shrill and smug characters, a completely predictable plot, and boring lead performances, for a start. A total wreck - one extra star for Adam Scott and Chris O'Dowd (despite his atrocious accent).
One of the worst movies I've ever seen in my life. Maya Rudolph and Chris O'Dowd are the only funny people in the movie. Jennifer Westfeldt is a train wreck. How in the world did she think she could carry this movie as the lead? The script is predictable, dirty in unnecessary circumstances, overall unrealistic and laughable. Too "quirky" and uuuuuugh bad bad bad.
Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Started off strong but just fizzled out about 2/3 of the way through. Had its funny moments but most of the talent was grossly underused. Just not very memorable, you know?
My rate: 50% - The first half of the movie showed some promise but then it dragged and went bland from there. And what an unsatisfying ending! I liked one of the quote and a somewhat morale of the story from the movie though, "That's why you stay with someone that you want to be with under the worst possible circumstances".
I guess it's a credit to Westfeldt that I recognised what she was trying to achieve: something ballsy, smart, and cool. Unfortunately, the stale result reflects none of that. The characters remain distant throughout, the script is uninteresting, and the ending is rushed (and the dialogue is mostly cringeworthy in that scene). Just another boring attempt to beat all the cotton candy rom-coms.
Firstly, Jennifer Westfeldt is precious. She's able to convey this adorable kindness in her acting ability that makes me fall in love with her on screen. Secondly, this was fantastic for what it was: A rom-com with more adult themes. Nothing much spectacular about the cinematography, but the acting was well done with the material they had to work with. I thoroughly enjoyed it. (And Adam Scott in the ending... Hello!)
Ha, ha, ha, what an ending! I love how these characters attempt to mask their conservatism with ironic vulgarity and outspoken progressive lipservice; it's just unfortunate that the writer/director/lead doesn't seem to realize this, mistaking formula for meaning and attempting to mask this film's conservatism with ironic vulgarity and outspoken progressive lipservice. It has one good scene, in my estimation.
Funny, absurd and also heartwarming. Friends With Kids premise sounds silly, but here it is, the movie was absolutely good. I bet you can't fuck your best friend without emotionally attached. Friends with benefits is bullshit.