New York, NY (January 14, 2011) – Production companies Point West Pictures (principals Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm) and Red Granite Pictures (principals Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland) announced today the start of principal photography in New York City on the independent feature film, Friends With Kids. Also producing are Joshua Astrachan (A Prairie Home Companion) and Lucy Barzun Donnelly (Grey Gardens) through their LOCOMOTIVE banner and Jake Kasdan (the upcoming Bad Teacher). The film is executive produced by John Sloss and the legendary Mike Nichols (The Graduate).
Friends With Kids, written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein, Ira & Abby), is a daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes. The last two singles in the group – Westfeldt and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation, Stepbrothers), observe the effect that kids have had on their friends’ relationships and wonder if there’s a better way. They decide to have a kid together – and date other people.
There are big laughs and unexpected emotional truths as this unconventional ‘experiment’ leads everyone in the group to question the nature of friendship, family and, finally, true love.
The friends with kids include Jon Hamm (Mad Men, The Town) and Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), as well as Maya Rudolph (Away We Go) and Chris O’Dowd (Gulliver’s Travels).
Megan Fox plays Scott’s love interest and Edward Burns plays Westfeldt’s.
Friends with Kids is Westfeldt’s directorial debut and the third installment as writer/star/producer in Westfeldt’s exploration of the most unconventional ways to approach love (Kissing Jessica Stein), marriage (Ira & Abby) and, in this film, children.
Friends With Kids is the first film produced by Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm through their new POINTS WEST PICTURES shingle and the first produced by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland through their banner RED GRANITE PICTURES.