Friday, September 19, 2014
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Megan Fox is a smarter kind of hot in 'Friends with Kids'

The "Transformers" sex bomb blows through the couples confusion of the new ensemble comedy "Friends with Kids," directed by, and starring, Jennifer Westfeldt.

Megan Fox is a smarter kind of hot in 'Friends with Kids'

Megan Fox, leaning left in "Friends with Kids."
Megan Fox, leaning left in "Friends with Kids."

Jennifer Westfeldt, who wrote, directs and stars in the new ensemble comedy Friends with Kids, says that Megan Fox’s agent “really campaigned for her” for the part of Mary Jane, a Broadway dancer who enjoys her single, untangled life, and who meets up with a guy (Adam Scott) whose relationship status is complicated, to say the least. Fox is the free spirit in a crowd of coupledom (Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd), and she acquits herself quite nicely.

“I  didn’t know Megan, and I didn’t really know her work,” says Westfeldt, in town last week to talk up Friends with Kids. “I only knew the public image, which is not really who she is.”

Westfeldt took a meeting with Fox -- who lives in the same neck of Los Angeles woods as Westfeldt and her longtime beau, Hamm – to discuss the film, and the role. “She was funny and smart and sharp and irreverent and sassy and wise-talking," Westfeldt reports. "And I thought, what a great opportunity to show people this other side of her. This funnier, freer, side. And smarter. And more real.

“That was part of it, too: real. She’s so beautiful, we don’t need to put tons of makeup on her -- which they do in photo shoots. She’s gorgeous as she is, let’s let her be this natural free spirit, let’s let her ad lib, let’s ler her be different than she’s been. And I think she comes off beautifully in the film.”

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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