Sunday, March 18, 2012

Friends With Kids - Movie Review

Friends with Kids (R) 109 minutes C-
Friends with few benefits

Starring Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Edward Burns and Megan Fox.

Friends With Kids has its moments and features an interesting cast.  But, ultimately it is a trendy, contrived, romantic comedy that is all too predictable.    
Bonus DVD Review
Jack Goes Boating (R) 89 minutes B-
Odd, but intriguing

DVD Release January 2011
Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega

Jack Goes Boating is a low-key affair about two outcasts seeking love while attempting to balance their fragile lives and psyches.  Jack (Hoffman) is a reggae-obsessed, New York City limo driver, and Connie (Ryan) is on the edge of a nervous breakdown at the funeral home where she works.  The two are set up on a blind date by mutual friends Clyde (John Ortiz) and Lucy (Daphne Rubin-Vega), a couple with major problems of their own.  Between the four of them, we explore the birth of new love, the death of old love, and what happens when you add marijuana and cocaine to the mix. This film was originally an off-Broadway play, and is Hoffman's feature film directorial debut.  JGB is humanistic, a little awkward, but strangely appealing. 

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