‘Dark­ness keeps it hon­est’

Co­bie Smul­ders, Kee­gan Michael Key among Net­flix’s ‘Friends’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY FRA­ZIER MOORE

Six friends from col­lege find them­selves re­united, pick­ing up shared lives 20 years af­ter grad­u­a­tion day. But along with the fa­mil­iar ca­ma­raderie, they en­counter new com­pli­ca­tions and con­flicts.

Have the times passed them by? That’s the ques­tion asked and an­swered with amuse­ment by “Friends From Col­lege,’’ a new eight-part com­edy to be re­leased Fri­day by Net­flix.

The viewer-friendly cast in­cludes Fred Sav­age, Nat Faxon, An­nie Parisse and Jae Suh Park, plus Co­bie Smul­ders (“How I Met Your Mother’’) and Kee­gan Michael Key (“Key & Peele’’) as now-wed friends from col­lege Lisa and Ethan Turner.

“Yes, it’s a com­edy, but it’s a DARK com­edy,’’ says Smul­ders over a light-hearted lunch along­side Key. “Th­ese friends have a tight re­la­tion­ship, but there’s an ever-chang­ing scenario they have to deal with on the fly.’’

“The dark­ness keeps it hon­est,’’ Key adds af­ter ward­ing off Smul­ders’ razz­ing for the ex­cess pep­per he has show­ered on his clam chow­der.

At the heart of the story: Key, as a once-promis­ing novelist, has been en­joy­ing a friends-with-ben­e­fits con­nec­tion since col­lege with Parisse’s char­ac­ter, Sa­man­tha, who by now is like­wise mar­ried as well as a mother. For years Ethan and Sam lived hun­dreds of miles apart, al­low­ing only the rare hookup.

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