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The Friends Movie: The One Where Monica's Rent Finally Goes Up

Friends For now, we are safe from the scourge of a Friends movie. But Courteney Cox has tentatively expressed to the Los Angeles Times her desire to see it happen. Now that the idea is out there, floating in the universe, there's really no reason to think that it's impossible.

Ms. Cox told the LA Times that she was admittedly a little jealous of the Sex and the City ladies and their two feature films, which leads me to believe that she hasn't seen them. Any twinge of jealousy that I ever felt for movie stars was pretty much dead and buried somewhere around the third or fourth hour of the first Sex and the City movie. Nonetheless, Cox wistfully imagined a Friends movie, reuniting all of the old gang and picking up where they left off.

However, Cox followed up quickly by saying that she doesn't think it will ever happen. She added that Sex and the City had a little more to work with because Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte already had adventures all over New York, while the friends, despite living in perhaps the least boring city on the planet, went to, like, five or six places over the course of the whole series. But that doesn't stop one from dreaming.

If I had to write the Friends movie, or if I had to guess what might happen in such a film, Chandler and Monica would have completely shed any semblance of urban hipness that they might have been clinging to after spending a number of years in the suburbs. Rachel and Ross now speak with affected French accents and rush to Westchester to stage an intervention. However, their daughter, Emma, appears only in a cameo role, perhaps at the beginning of the movie, and then isn't seen or mentioned again, except for maybe a sidelong comment about her nanny in Paris.* Joey and Phoebe do dumb, wacky, but kindhearted things. How you doin'?

If you had to write the Friends movie, what would have happen in it? Did the issues that were settled in the finale sit well with you?

* Despite all of the outrageously unrealistic things that happened in the series, like Chandler just deciding to move into a career in advertising and immediately succeeding at it, or Monica being able to afford that apartment, even if it was rent-controlled, the birth and parenting story lines always bothered me the most, especially after I became a parent. Phoebe getting artificially inseminated and taking a positive pregnancy test mere hours after the insemination. Then Phoebe's extremely mobile, full-term pregnancy and totally uncomplicated vaginal birth of triplets. Rachel's "surprise" in the delivery room that Emma was coming out butt first (they tend to check for that kind of thing beforehand). Rachel informing Ross that she and Emma were moving to Paris and Ross' only concern being that he wouldn't be able to pine for Rachel and not, you know, how we was going to see his daughter on any kind of regular basis.

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Comments

Christy

It always bothered me that after Emma was born, Joey's apt suddenly turned into a 3 bedroom apt. I'm pretty sure the door to the baby's room used to be the door to the bathroom.

jL

I am pregnant and I continually say all the time, "This never happened to Rachel on Friends!" TV has failed to prepare me for real life. Sad.

Isabel

I am a fan of "Friends". Some may even call me a "super fan".

That being said, I HATED that after Emma was born we never saw her. But we would see Rachel at Monica's apartment holding a baby monitor. Right, because babies sleep all the time and it's totally cool to leave them alone in your apartment and just listen for her on the monitor.

Maxine Dangerous

My primary concern -- though others are flooding into my superfan-of-Friends brain -- is that Courteney Cox has so Botoxed her face that she would be unrecognizable in the movie. Watching her on Cougar Town (though I don't know why I do it because she was my least-favorite Friend) is almost painful. (Oh, right -- the supporting cast is fun.) I try to treat Friends as entertaining mind candy instead of horribly unrealistic with the aforementioned cheap rent and New York's apparent population of only two black people. :)

Rachel

Another Friends superfan here...Emma's crib was in Rachel's room. The bathroom was still the bathroom and the apartment still only had 2 bedrooms.

And if they DID do a Friends movie I'd love to see Phoebe and Mike adopt a bunch of kids!

natalie

Like real life, it wouldn't be the same. I had a great group of friends in my 20s and we all hung out and were super hip...but then we all moved away and got real jobs and mortgages and had babies...coming back together is never the same...in fact that new Adam Sandler film (that is out or about to be released I am not sure) where all the college/early 20s friends come back together is probably the closest thing to a realistic, not totally sucktacular "friends" movie we can get

jillian

Surprise breech births -do- happen. Even if you have the normal 20 week ultrasound and the rest of it. It happened to a friend of mine.

The triplets thing, though... I doubt you would find an OB willing to try a vaginal birth of triplets. In any case, she'd be pretty much immobile from somewhere in the middle of her pregnancy, wouldn't she??

jillian

Surprise breech births -do- happen. Even if you have the normal 20 week ultrasound and the rest of it. It happened to a friend of mine.

The triplets thing, though... I doubt you would find an OB willing to try a vaginal birth of triplets. In any case, she'd be pretty much immobile from somewhere in the middle of her pregnancy, wouldn't she??




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