Video Blog: Vigalondo's 'Extraterrestre' & Westfeldt's 'Friends with Kids'
by Alex Billington
September 12, 2011
As I continue seeing films at the Toronto Film Festival, it's always hard to keep up with written reviews of everything, since I usually see three or four films per day. Instead, I met up with my good friends Jordan Raup of The Film Stage and Peter Sciretta of SlashFilm to record a video blog, right on the street, talking about two films we saw in the last few days. This video includes our thoughts on Nacho Vigalondo's new sci-fi drama Extraterrestre (aka Extraterrestrial) and Jennifer Westfeldt's new indie dramedy Friends with Kids, which is basically an indie version of Friends with Benefits, but with Kids, too. Watch below!
My own quick thoughts on each (with more discussion in the video): Extraterrestre is barely science fiction, only in the slightest, it's more of a romantic drama, and it's just okay; the nuances of the relationships and the performances are the only redeeming values. Friends with Kids is fun, funny and genuine, but still feels like the third "friends with benefits" kind of relationship comedy we've seen this year. Great performances all around, an enjoyable film, I liked it but didn't totally love it. Watch our first Toronto video blog here:
Extraterrestre, written & directed by Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), stars the gorgeous Michelle Jenner as Julia and Julián Villagrán as Julio. This was its world premiere and it doesn't have a US distributor yet. Here's the perfect plot synopsis to setup the story: Everyone knows what to do if one morning the sky would be absolutely full of UFOs: run as fast as you can. However, what would happen if the invasion started while you are in the flat of the girl of your dreams, the one you just met last night?
Friends with Kids, written & directed by New York City-based filmmaker Jennifer Westfeldt, stars Westfeldt herself as well as Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Edward Burns and even Megan Fox. It doesn't have a distributor yet, as far as we know, but I expect it'll be picked up soon, as the film is definitely a solid crowd pleaser and should have a good lasting effect on most people who see it. Here's the quick plot intro: A warm-hearted romantic comedy with an edge, Friends With Kids is inspired by that moment when a tight-knit circle of friends begins to unravel, right as some begin to have children.